Michael Sprott

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Michael Sprott
Statistics
Real name Michael Sprott
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Nationality British
Born (1975-01-16) 16 January 1975 (age 39)
Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 64
Wins 42
Wins by KO 17
Losses 22
Draws 0

Michael Sprott (born 16 January 1975) is a professional heavyweight boxer from Reading, Berkshire, England. Sprott briefly held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, and was a European heavyweight title contender. He was the winner of the 14th Prizefighter series.[1]

Boxing out of Jim Evans' gym in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, Sprott is a regular sparring partner of Wladimir Klitschko and Vitali Klitschko.

Career[edit]

After a quiet amateur career, Sprott turned pro in November 1996 under the old Frank Bruno trainer, Terry Lawless. He won 11 fights, including a points win over veteran Michael Murray before taking on Harry Senior in September 1998 for the Southern Area Heavyweight title. Senior, a respected sparring partner, had recently dedicated himself to being a full-time professional, and took Sprott out in 6 rounds with body shots. Sprott came back with 3 wins before falling apart in 3 rounds versus British contender Wayne Llewelyn in October 2000.

Seemingly relegated to journeyman status, In February 2001 in London Sprott scored an upset when he outpointed the once-beaten German Timo Hoffmann, who had lost only to Vitali Klitschko. He travelled to Germany for the rematch, controversially outpointed by Hoffmann in a result that was jeered loudly by the German crowd.

In November 2001 he travelled to South Africa to face hard hitting fringe contender Corrie Sanders. In a brief and entertaining fight, Sprott rocked the southpaw before being decked himself, and suffering a controversial stoppage by the referee when it appeared he wanted to continue.

In February 2002 Keith Long pulled out from a British and Commonwealth title fight with Danny Williams, and Sprott flew in from a holiday in Jamaica on only a few days notice. After a few rounds he ran out of gas and was stopped in 7 but showed he could compete at national level. It was around this time that Sprott brought in trainer John Bloomfield, who spent six years with Frank Bruno.[2]

After this challenge, Sprott went on a successful run of form, winning 8 fights, including knockouts of hard hitting Pele Reid (KO7), ex-British champ Michael Holden (KO4), puncher Mark Potter (KO3), and Colin Kenna (KO1), setting up a rematch with Williams.

In September 2003 Sprott qualified for another shot at Williams and his titles, but after a far more competitive fight, Sprott was the victim of several low blows. When he complained to the referee he was controversially knocked out by a Williams left hook.

In January 2004 Sprott narrowly outpointed Williams in their third and final fight (115-114), lifting the British and Commonwealth titles. A few months later Williams would knockout Mike Tyson, however Sprott would lose his titles in his first defense, matched with fast undefeated Matt Skelton (12-0), Sprott was mauled and stopped in the 12th. His last fight of 2004 was a win against Czech heavyweight champ Robert Šulgan in Bethnal Green.

In 2005 Sprott would take the first of many trips abroad fighting top prospects, usually at short notice. In April he beat the German amateur star Cengiz Koc, but in October was outpointed by Olympian Paolo Vidoz in a European title fight, both fights in Germany. In December he fought future European champ Vladimir Virchis in Austria, but was once-again the victim of a controversial decision loss.

In February 2006 he outboxed veteran Antoine Palatis in Scotland, but in a WBA Eliminator in July was hammered in 8 one-sided rounds by undefeated Ruslan Chagaev. Despite the loss he went back to Germany and beat a third German prospect when he upset undefeated southpaw Rene Dettweiller in November.

During his travels in Germany Sprott had picked up the second-tier European Heavyweight title, the "EU" title, which he defended against 2000 Olympic Gold medallist Audley Harrison in London, February 2007. Harrison had demolished Danny Williams in his last fight and was on course to face Matt Skelton in a world title eliminator. A 9/2 underdog with most bookies, Sprott came off the floor in the 1st round to score a rare stoppage win by knocking Harrison clean out in the 3rd with a left hook; and seemingly ending his career.[3]

On 14 July 2007 Sprott lost to Matt Skelton in a 12-round contest. The fight was of a very poor standard with Skelton winning on points.

On 31 May 2008 Sprott travelled to Germany to face hot prospect, and the WBA's #4 ranked contender Taras Bidenko. Sprott was outpointed in a 10 round unanimous decision, with 2 judges scoring the bout 97-93, and the other seeing it 97-94.

On 14 March 2009 Sprott fought former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster and lost a unanimous decision.

He fought Alexander Ustinov on 20 June 2009 but lost by unanimous decision after ten rounds. However he beat German Werner Kreiskott by round 1 TKO in March 2010 and this earned him a shot at the vacant European Boxing Union title against old foe Audley Harrison at Alexandra Palace in April 2010. Sprott was leading the bout on all three scorecards before Harrison knocked out Sprott with seconds remaining of round 12.

On 9 October 2010, a 35 year old Sprott competed in Sky's 'PrizeFighter' series (Heavyweights), reaching the final where he fought Matt Skelton. It was Third time lucky for Sprott who had lost his previous 2 contests with the 43 year old Skelton, Winning on a split decision (29-28 skelton 29-28 sprott 29-28 sprott) after the 3 round contest and winning £32,000 in 'winner take all' prize money. In September 2011 he suffered a third defeat in a European heavyweight title bout when he lost a unanimous points decision to Ukrainian Alexander Dimitrenko in Hamburg.

Outside the ring[edit]

Michael Sprott has a son called Darnell born around 2001.[2] Darnell's name is stitched on the shorts Sprott wears for his professional contests. In recent contests Sprott's shorts have also displayed the name of his late sister Ginette, who took her own life in September 2009 after a long battle with depression.[4]

He lists his hobbies as weights, travelling and meeting new people. Outside boxing, Sprott enjoys rugby and the Wimbledon Championships. His favourite football teams are Reading FC and Arsenal FC.[5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

40 Wins (17 knockouts), 23 Losses, 0 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 40-23 United Kingdom Anthony Joshua TKO 1 22/11/2014 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside For WBC International Heavyweight title.
Loss 40-22 Australia Kali Meehan KO 1 04/06/2014 New Zealand The Trusts Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
Win 40-21 United States Jason Gavern UD 3 14/11/2013 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom 'Prizefighter' Tournament Heavyweight Final.
Win 39-21 United States Brian Minto UD 3 14/11/2013 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom 'Prizefighter' Tournament Heavyweight Semi-Final.
Win 38-21 United States Damian Wills UD 3 14/11/2013 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom 'Prizefighter' Tournament Heavyweight Quarter-Final.
Loss 37-21 Germany Erkan Teper TKO 1 (10) 31/08/2013 Switzerland Münsterplatz, Magdeburg, Basel, Switzerland
Loss 37-20 Finland Robert Helenius UD 10 23/03/2013 Germany GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany Scoring 93-98, 93-97 and 92-98.
Win 37-19 Germany Edmund Gerber MD 12 15/12/2012 Germany Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany
Loss 36-19 Germany Edmund Gerber TKO 4 (12) 15/09/2012 Germany Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Sprott, angry at the stoppage decision, appeared to push the referee to the canvas.
Loss 36-18 Bulgaria Kubrat Pulev RTD 9 (12) 14/01/2012 Germany Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany For IBF International heavyweight title.
Loss 36-17 Germany Alexander Dimitrenko UD 12 24/09/2011 Germany Dima-Sportcenter, Lohbruegge, Hamburg, Germany For EBU (European) heavyweight title. Sprott penalized 2 points; 1 point in round 10 & 1 point in round 12. Scores were 119-108, 117-111, 116-111.
Loss 36-16 United States Tye Fields SD 3 27/05/2011 England Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill, London, England, United Kingdom Prizefighter Tournament, International heavyweight quarter-final. Scoring was 28-29, 28-29, 29-28.
Win 36-15 Turkey Serdar Uysal UD 4 19/03/2011 Germany Lanxess-Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 35-15 England Matt Skelton SD 3 09/10/2010 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom 'Prizefighter' Tournament Heavyweight Final.
Win 34-15 England Shane McPhilbin UD 3 09/10/2010 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom 'Prizefighter' Tournament Heavyweight Semi-Final.
Win 33-15 England Danny Hughes UD 3 09/10/2010 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom 'Prizefighter' Tournament Heavyweight Quarter-Final.
Loss 32-15 England Audley Harrison KO 12 (12) 09/04/2010 England Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London, England, United Kingdom For vacant EBU (European) heavyweight title. Harrison who was behind on points coming into the 12th and final round and could not win on the cards, landed a left that knocked out Sprott in their rematch.
Win 32-14 Germany Werner Kreiskott TKO 1 (4) 20/03/2010 Germany Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss 31-14 Belarus Alexander Ustinov UD 10 20/06/2009 Germany Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss 31-13 United States Lamon Brewster UD 8 14/03/2009 Germany Ostseehalle, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Sprott down at the end of round 3.
Win 31-12 United States Zack Page PTS 6 19/11/2008 England Royal Lancaster Hotel, Bayswater, London, England, United Kingdom
Loss 30-12 Ukraine Taras Bydenko UD 10 31/05/2008 Germany Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss 30-11 England Matt Skelton MD 12 14/07/2007 England O2 Arena (Millennium Dome), Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom For Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title. Fight was marred by a lot of holding, prompting the referee to warm both fighters repeatedly.
Win 30-10 England Audley Harrison KO 3 (12) 17/02/2007 England The Arena, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom Retained EBU-EU (European Union) heavyweight title & won vacant BBBofC English heavyweight title. Sprott was knocked down in the 1st round. Harrison was out cold from a left hook.
Win 29-10 Germany Rene Dettweiler SD 12 04/11/2006 Germany RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Muelheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Retained EBU-EU (European Union) heavyweight title. Sprott received point deductions in 10th and 12th rounds for head butts.
Loss 28-10 Uzbekistan Ruslan Chagaev TKO 8 (12) 15/07/2006 Germany Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany For WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title & vacant WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title.
Win 28–9 France Antoine Palatis UD 10 18/02/2006 Scotland Meadowbank Sports Centre, Wembley, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom Won vacant EBU-EU (European Union) heavyweight title.
Loss 27–9 Ukraine Volodymyr Vyrchys UD 12 13/12/2005 Austria Freizeit Arena, Soelden, Austria For WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title.
Loss 27–8 Italy Paolo Vidoz UD 12 01/10/2005 Germany EWE-Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany For EBU (European) heavyweight title.
Win 27–7 Germany Cengiz Koc SD 10 23/04/2005 Germany Arena Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Won vacant EBU-EU (European Union) heavyweight title.
Win 26–7 Czech Republic Robert Sulgan TKO 1 (8) 10/09/2004 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom Sulgan down from a right uppercut.
Loss 25–7 England Matt Skelton KO 12 (12) 24/04/2004 England Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom Lost BBBofC British heavyweight title & Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title.
Win 25–6 England Danny Williams PTS 12 24/01/2004 England Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom Won BBBofC British heavyweight title & Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title.
Loss 24–6 England Danny Williams TKO 5 (12) 26/09/2003 England Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom For Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title. Lost BBBofC British heavyweight title. While Sprott turned to the referee to complain about a low blow, he was knocked out by a left hook to the chin.
Win 24–5 Republic of Ireland Colin Kenna TKO 1 (10) 01/08/2003 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom Retained BBBofC British heavyweight title.
Win 23–5 Czech Republic Petr Horacek KO 1 (6) 10/06/2003 England Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Win 22–5 England Mark Potter TKO 3 (10) 18/03/2003 England Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom Won vacant BBBofC British heavyweight title.
Win 21–5 England Michael Holden TKO 4 (8) 24/01/2003 England Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Win 20–5 Hungary Tamas Feheri TKO 2 (6) 12/12/2002 England Equinox Nightclub, Leicester Square, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 19–5 England Derek McCafferty PTS 8 17/09/2002 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 18–5 United States Garing Lane PTS 6 10/07/2002 England Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 17–5 England Pele Reid TKO 7 (10) 09/05/2002 England Equinox Nightclub, Leicester Square, London, England, United Kingdom Won vacant WBF European heavyweight title. Sprott down twice.
Loss 16–5 England Danny Williams RTD 7 (12) 12/02/2002 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom For BBBofC British heavyweight title & Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title. Sprott down in round 7. Sprott was a late replacement for Keith Long.
Win 16–4 United States Jermell Barnes PTS 8 20/12/2001 Netherlands Topsportcentrum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Loss 15–4 South Africa Corrie Sanders TKO 1 (8) 03/11/2001 South Africa Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa
Loss 15–3 Germany Timo Hoffmann UD 8 24/03/2001 Germany Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Win 15–2 Germany Timo Hoffmann PTS 8 17/02/2001 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom
Loss 14–2 England Wayne Llewellyn TKO 3 (8) 14/10/2000 England Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 14–1 England Tony Booth PTS 6 18/01/2000 England Leisure Centre, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Win 13–1 England Chris Woollas RTD 4 (6) 10/07/1999 England Elephant and Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 12–1 England Gary Williams PTS 6 16/01/1999 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom
Loss 11–1 England Harry Senior TKO 6 (10) 12/09/1998 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 11–0 England Michael Murray PTS 6 14/02/1998 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 10–0 Republic of Ireland Ray Kane RTD 1 (6) 14/03/1998 England Elephant and Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 9–0 Wales Johnny Davison TKO 2 (6) 10/01/1998 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 8–0 Wales Nick Howard TKO 1 (4) 06/12/1997 England The Arena, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 7–0 Wales Darren Fearn PTS 6 08/11/1997 England Elephant and Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 6–0 England Gary Williams PTS 6 02/09/1997 England Elephant and Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 5–0 Poland Wladek Framas PTS 6 20/05/1997 England Picketts Lock Stadium, Edmonton, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 4–0 Wales Tim Redman KO 2 (4) 16/04/1997 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 3–0 England Alvin Miller KO 1 (4) 17/03/1997 England Marriott Hotel, Mayfair, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 2–0 Wales Johnny Davison KO 2 (6) 19/02/1997 England Town Hall, Acton, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 1–0 England Geoff Hunter TKO 1 (4) 20/11/1996 England Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sprott lands Prizefighter". Sky Sports. 9 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Alan Hubbard (18 April 2004). "Boxing: From Reading removals man to heavyweight champion". The Independent. 
  3. ^ Mike Lewis (19 February 2007). "Sprott calls time on Harrison's dream". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-02-23. [dead link]
  4. ^ Natalie Slater (2010-02-12). "Sprott family vow to fight stigma of depression". Reading Post.  | Alan Bunce (17 June 2010). "Emotional night for pal of Ginette Sprott". Reading Post. 
  5. ^ "Michael Sprott Prizefight Profile". Matchroom Sport. 

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