Matt Skelton

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Matt Skelton
BornMatthew Skelton
(1967-01-23) 23 January 1967 (age 47)
Bedford, England
Other namesThe Bedford Banger[1]
The Bedford Bear
The Undisputed Legend
ResidenceBedford, England
NationalityEnglish
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight249 lb (113 kg; 17.8 st)
DivisionHeavyweight
StyleBoxing, Kickboxing
StanceOrthodox
TeamTeam Skelton
Years active1988-present
Professional boxing record
Total35
Wins28
By knockout23
Losses7
By knockout3
Kickboxing record
Total71
Wins63
By knockout57
Losses8
By knockout3
Mixed martial arts record
Total1
Wins0
Losses1
By submission1
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 10:41, 1 August 2012 (UTC)
 
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Matt Skelton
BornMatthew Skelton
(1967-01-23) 23 January 1967 (age 47)
Bedford, England
Other namesThe Bedford Banger[1]
The Bedford Bear
The Undisputed Legend
ResidenceBedford, England
NationalityEnglish
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight249 lb (113 kg; 17.8 st)
DivisionHeavyweight
StyleBoxing, Kickboxing
StanceOrthodox
TeamTeam Skelton
Years active1988-present
Professional boxing record
Total35
Wins28
By knockout23
Losses7
By knockout3
Kickboxing record
Total71
Wins63
By knockout57
Losses8
By knockout3
Mixed martial arts record
Total1
Wins0
Losses1
By submission1
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 10:41, 1 August 2012 (UTC)

Matt Skelton (born 23 January 1967 in Bedford) is an English boxer who changed sports from kickboxing. He is a former IKF International Kickboxing Federation Pro Muay Thai Super Heavyweight World Champion, and a former English, British, Commonwealth and European Heavyweight champion. He has also held the lightly regarded WBU "World" Heavyweight title.

Biography[edit]

Skelton did not become a professional boxer until the age of 35. Prior to this he had been a professional kickboxer.

Kickboxing[edit]

Skelton has a kickboxing/muay thai record of 63-8/57. He won the International Kickboxing Federation IKF World Title when he stopped Jeff Ford (USA) at 1:51 of the second round in Northampton, England on 26 November 2000.

In his first defense of the IKF World Title on 18 November 2001, in Northampton, England, he defeated Peter Varga (Hungary) by TKO at 53 seconds of round 3.

Skelton, in a K-1 primary tournament K-1 WORLD GP 2001 in Melbourne in Australia, 16 June 2001, knocked out Paris Vasilikos (Greece) at 2:05 of the first round in the quarter final match. And he also beat Michael McDonald (Canada) by third round decision (3-0) in the semi-final match. He was beaten, however, by Ernesto Hoost of the Netherlands by a third round decision (2-0) in the tournament final[1].

Skelton's record in K-1 is ten wins and seven losses.

During his time as kickboxer and muay thai fighter, Skelton trained with the well known Eagles Gym under the highly regarded and respected Nigel Howlett.

Professional wrestling[edit]

Skelton has competed in one shoot-style pro-wrestling bout - a loss to Kazuo Yamazaki for Akira Maeda's Universal Wrestling Federation on 10 January 1989 at Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan.[2]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Matt Skleton has had one Mixed martial arts fight. On 3 November 2001, at a Pride FC event named PRIDE 17, he lost via choke to wrestler Tom Erikson at 1:11 of the first round.

Boxing[edit]

As a professional boxer, he was initially dismissed by purists as an unrefined slugger lacking the required skill to achieve at the very top, but his powerful style has proved extremely successful under the tutelage of renowned trainer Frank Maloney.

He turned pro aged 35 in September 2002 with a two round KO of Gifford Shillingford. From this point he was moved along quickly, in 2003 scoring stoppages of respected veterans Jacklord Jacobs, Antoine Palatis, and ex-British champ Michael Holden, among others.

In 2004, he took his first serious step up, at 11-0 taking on ex-British and Commonwealth champion Julius Francis, who he outpointed over 10 rounds. He won the British and Commonwealth titles in his next fight, stopping Michael Sprott in 12 rounds, and defending the titles against the durable Keith Long, who he stopped in 11.

In 2005, Skelton won the lowly regarded WBU belt with a 6th round knockout of Fabio Moli. Skelton soon vacated the belt, and began to enjoy a higher profile when his promoter Frank Warren took all his fighters to ITV for exposure on terrestrial free-to-air television.

Skelton was due to defend his British title against his main rival Danny Williams in July 2005, but Williams pulled out at the last minute citing a case of the flu, a decision that prompted scorn from Williams' promoter Frank Warren. Skelton stopped late sub Mark Krence in 7 rounds, and scored a 1st round knockout of John McDermott to finish the year, whereupon he vacated his British title, having defended it three times.

In February 2006, Skelton finally fought Williams, and lost on split decision handing him his first pro defeat.

In July 2006, he regained his Commonwealth title by easily outboxing Williams.

Skelton was due to defend his title against Audley Harrison in December 2006, but the fight didn't take place.

Instead, the fight against Michael Sprott for the second time was rescheduled for 14 July 2007, in which Skelton defended his title in a 12 round battle.

Matt Skelton faced WBA Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev on 19 January 2008 in Düsseldorf. Skelton fought bravely, but the superior boxing skills of his opponent were too much, and he succumbed to a unanimous points decision after 12 rounds.

Skelton fought Paolo Vidoz for the vacant European Heavyweight Title on 19 December 2008. Vidoz, exhausted, stopped fighting in round nine, but his corner refused to throw the towel. Skelton, recognizing this fact, refused to knock out the tormented Vidoz and even asked for the referee to quit the match.

Skelton chose to defend the Commonwealth title rather than the European title against undefeated brawler Martin Rogan, who had been completely unknown before upsetting Audley Harrison in his previous fight. On 28 February 2009, Rogan scored another upset by defeating Skelton by TKO11.

On 19 September 2009, Skelton challenged for the EBU-EU title (not the full European title) against undefeated Italian southpaw Francesco Pianeta. Skelton lost the fight after failing to come out for the 9th due to a hand injury suffered earlier in the fight. In January 2010, he lost to Bulgarian top prospect Kubrat Pulev.

In July 2010, Skelton ended his run of defeats when he knocked out journeyman Lee Swaby in round 5. Later in the year he competed in the Prizefighter series where he outpointed novice Ali Adams and Mike Tyson conqueror Kevin McBride before a split decision loss to Michael Sprott, Sprott avenging his losses to Skelton in their two previous encounters.

In December 2010, Skelton was jailed for five months for perverting the course of justice after giving a false name on three occasions when caught speeding in his car.[3]

Skelton did not fight at all during 2011. After being released from prison, he did have two fights scheduled, first a rematch with Martin Rogan in Belfast, which never came off. Neither did a fight against unbeaten German Edmund Gerber.

In March 2012, Skelton pulled off a minor upset with a win over Tom Dallas, effectively ending Dallas's status as a prospect. Dallas struggled badly with Skelton's mauling style and at the end of round 4, Dallas was almost laid horizontal on the ropes as Skelton dropped blows on his head. A similar situation occurred in the following round, which led the referee to stop the fight.

Another win followed in May against journeyman Ladislav Kovarik, who came in at very short notice. The fight was stopped in the third round.

Skelton fought again in October 2012 on the undercard of the David Price versus Audley Harrison fight, stopping Jakov Gospic in the second round, after Gospic had been cut by a clash of heads.

On November 30, 2012 Skelton challenged David Price for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles and lost via second round KO.

Vacant
Title last held by
Sinan Samil Sam
EBU Heavyweight Champion
19 December 2008 – 28 February 2009
Vacant
Title next held by
Albert Sosnowski

Professional boxing record[edit]

28 Wins (23 knockouts, 5 decisions), 8 Losses, 0 Draws[4]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Lose28-8England John McDermottPTS2013-03-15England York Hall, Bethnal Green, EnglandEnglish Heavyweight Title
Lose28-7England David PriceKO2 (12)
2:56
2012-11-30England Aintree Equestrian Centre, Liverpool, Merseyside, EnglandBritish and Commonwealth Heavyweight Titles
Win28-6Croatia Jakov GospicTKO2 (6)
2:40
2012-10-13England Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Win27-6Czech Republic Ladislav KovarikTKO3 (6)
0:48
2012-05-18England Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
Win26-6England Tom DallasTKO5 (8)
1:00
2012-03-03England Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Lose25-6England Michael SprottSD3 (3)2010-10-09England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, EnglandPrizefighter final
Win25-5Republic of Ireland Kevin McBrideUD3 (3)2010-10-09England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, EnglandPrizefighter semi-final
Win24-5England Ali AdamsUD3 (3)2010-10-09England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, EnglandPrizefighter quarter-final
Win23-5England Lee SwabyTKO5 (6)
1:00
2010-07-09England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Lose22-5Bulgaria Kubrat PulevKO4 (8)
2:14
2010-01-30Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Lose22-4Italy Francesco PianetaRTD8 (12)
3:00
2009-09-19Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GermanyLost EBU-EU (European Union) Heavyweight Title Shot
Lose22-3Northern Ireland Martin RoganTKO11 (12)
1:21
2009-02-28England National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, West Midlands, EnglandLost Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Skelton cut over the left eye in Round 5
Skelton down once in the 11th
Win22-2Italy Paolo VidozRTD9 (12)
3:00
2008-12-19Italy PalaLido, Milan, Lombardia, ItalyWon vacant EBU (European) Heavyweight Title
Lose21-2Uzbekistan Ruslan ChagaevUD12 (12)2008-01-19Germany Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GermanyWBA World Heavyweight Title
Win21-1England Michael SprottMD12 (12)2007-07-14England O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, EnglandRetained Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Win20-1England Danny WilliamsUD12 (12)2006-07-08Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, WalesWon Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Win19-1Armenia Suren KalachyanKO4 (8)
0:38
2006-04-01England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Lose18-1England Danny WilliamsSD12 (12)2006-02-25England ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, EnglandLost Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title Shot
Win18-0England John McDermottTKO1 (12)
1:19
2005-12-10England ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, EnglandRetained BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Win17-0England Mark KrenceTKO7 (12)
3:00
2005-07-16England Bolton Arena, Bolton, Greater Manchester, EnglandRetained BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Win16-0Argentina Fabio Eduardo MoliTKO6 (12)
2:14
2005-02-25England Conference Centre, Wembley, London, EnglandWon vacant World Boxing Union Heavyweight Title
Moli down once in the 1st round and down 3 times in the 6th round.
Win15-0England Keith LongTKO11 (12)
2:45
2004-11-19England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, EnglandRetained BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Win14-0Australia Bob MirovicTKO4 (12)2004-06-05England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, EnglandRetained Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Mirovic down twice.
Win13-0England Michael SprottKO12 (12)2004-04-24England Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, Berkshire, EnglandRetained BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Won Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Win12-0England Julius FrancisPoints10 (10)2004-02-07England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, EnglandRetained BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Win11-0Romania Patriche CostelKO1 (8)2003-11-15Germany Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Bayern, Germany
Win10-0Montenegro Ratko DraskovicTKO3 (8)2003-10-25Scotland Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland
Win9-0Romania Costi MarinTKO1 (10)2003-10-11England Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Win8-0England Mike HoldenTKO6 (10)
0:32
2003-09-18England Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex, EnglandWon vacant BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Win7-0France Antoine PalatisTKO4 (6)2003-07-17England Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex, England
Win6-0England Dave ClarkeTKO1 (6)2003-05-15England Marriott Hotel, Mayfair, London, England
Win5-0Russia Alexey VarakinKO2 (6)2003-04-08England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win4-0Nigeria Jacklord JacobsTKO4 (6)2003-02-18England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win3-0England Neil KirkwoodTKO1 (6)2002-12-08England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win2-0England Alvin MillerTKO1 (6)2002-10-27England Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England
Win1-0England Gifford ShillingfordKO2 (6)2002-09-22England Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, EnglandProfessional Debut

Professional kickboxing record[edit]

63 Wins (57 knockouts, 0 submission, 6 decisions), 8 Losses, 0 Draws
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Win63-8Brazil George AriasDecision3 (3)2002-08-10Ichigelki (promoted by Kyokushin karate)
Win62-8Hungary Peter VargaTKO3 (3)
0:53
2001-11-18England Northampton, EnglandRetained International Kickboxing Federation PRO Muay Thai World Super Heavyweight Title
Lose61-8Netherlands Lloyd van DamsDecision1 (3)2001-08-08Japan Marine Messe, Fukuoka, JapanK-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Fukuoka
Lose61-7Netherlands Ernesto HoostDecision3 (3)2001-06-16Australia Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, AustraliaK-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Melbourne Final
Win61-6Canada Michael McDonaldDecision3 (3)2001-06-16Australia Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, AustraliaK-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Melbourne Semi-Final
Win60-6Greece Paris VasilikosKO2 (3)
1:51
2001-06-16Australia Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, AustraliaK-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Melbourne Quarter-Final
Win59-6United States Jeff FordKO2 (3)
1:51
2000-11-26England Northampton, EnglandWon International Kickboxing Federation PRO Muay Thai World Super Heavyweight Title
Lose58-6Brazil Francisco FilhoKO2 (3)
2:36
2000-08-20Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, JapanK-1 World Grand Prix 2000 in Yokohama Semi-Final
Win58-5Belarus Alexey IgnashovDecision3 (3)2000-08-20Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, JapanK-1 World Grand Prix 2000 in Yokohama Quarter-Final
Win57-5United Kingdom Ricky NicklsonKO3 (3)
1:10
2000-04-16England Aston Villa Leisure Center, Birmingham, EnglandK-1 UK Battle of Britain 2000 Final
Win56-5United Kingdom Mark RussellDecision3 (3)2000-04-16England Aston Villa Leisure Center, Birmingham, EnglandK-1 UK Battle of Britain 2000 Semi-Final
Win55-5United Kingdom Gary TurnerDecision3 (3)2000-04-16England Aston Villa Leisure Center, Birmingham, EnglandK-1 UK Battle of Britain 2000 Quarter-Final
Loss54-5France Jérôme Le BannerKO1 (3)
1:59
1999-08-05Japan Osaka Dome, Osaka, JapanK-1 World Grand Prix '99 Opening Round
Loss54-4Netherlands Loyd Van DamsDecision3 (3)1999-06-20Japan Osaka Dome, Osaka, JapanK-1 Braves '99 Semi-Final
1 Extra Round
Win54-3South Africa Jan NortjeDecision3 (3)1999-06-20Japan Osaka Dome, Osaka, JapanK-1 Braves '99 Quarter-Final
Loss53-3Netherlands Peter AertsKO4 (5)
3:00
1999-04-25Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, JapanK-1 Revenge '99
Loss53-2Australia Sam GrecoDecision5 (5)1998-09-27Japan Osaka Dome, Osaka, JapanK-1 World Grand Prix '98 Opening Round
Win53-1Japan Masaaki SatakeTKO1 (3)
2:06
1998-07-18Japan Nagoya Dome, Nagoya, JapanK-1 Dream '98
Win52-1New Zealand Ray SefoTKO2 (3)
3:00
1998-05-24Japan Marine Messe, Fukuoka, JapanK-1 Braves '98
Win51-1South Africa Jan NortjeTKO3 (3)
0:47
1998-04-09Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, JapanK-1 Kings '98

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss0-1Tom EriksonSubmission (Strangle Choke)PRIDE 17November 3, 200111:51Tokyo, Japan

Career[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "It's now or never for the Bedford Banger". Bedford Today. Johnston Press. 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  2. ^ Wrestling Observer Newsletter, 23 January 1989
  3. ^ "Matt Skelton jailed for attempting to pervert course of justice". The Daily Telegraph. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  4. ^ http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=141021&cat=boxer

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