|Real name||Michael Sprott|
|Height||6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)|
16 January 1975 |
Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
|Wins by KO||17|
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.
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.
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.
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
Michael Sprott has a son called Darnell born around 2001. 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.
Professional boxing record
|40 Wins (17 knockouts), 21 Losses, 0 Draws |
|Win||40-21||Jason Gavern||UD||3||14/11/2013||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom||'Prizefighter' Tournament Heavyweight Final.|
|Win||39-21||Brian Minto||UD||3||14/11/2013||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom||'Prizefighter' Tournament Heavyweight Semi-Final.|
|Win||38-21||Damian Wills||UD||3||14/11/2013||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom||'Prizefighter' Tournament Heavyweight Quarter-Final.|
|Loss||37-21||Erkan Teper||TKO||1 (10)||31/08/2013||Münsterplatz, Magdeburg, Basel, Switzerland|
|Loss||37-20||Robert Helenius||UD||10||23/03/2013||GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany||Scoring 93-98, 93-97 and 92-98.|
|Win||37-19||Edmund Gerber||MD||12||15/12/2012||Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany|
|Loss||36-19||Edmund Gerber||TKO||4 (12)||15/09/2012||Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany||Sprott, angry at the stoppage decision, appeared to push the referee to the canvas.|
|Loss||36-18||Kubrat Pulev||RTD||9 (12)||14/01/2012||Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany||For IBF International heavyweight title.|
|Loss||36-17||Alexander Dimitrenko||UD||12||24/09/2011||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||Tye Fields||SD||3||27/05/2011||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||Serdar Uysal||UD||4||19/03/2011||Lanxess-Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||35-15||Matt Skelton||SD||3||09/10/2010||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom||'Prizefighter' Tournament Heavyweight Final.|
|Win||34-15||Shane McPhilbin||UD||3||09/10/2010||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom||'Prizefighter' Tournament Heavyweight Semi-Final.|
|Win||33-15||Danny Hughes||UD||3||09/10/2010||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom||'Prizefighter' Tournament Heavyweight Quarter-Final.|
|Loss||32-15||Audley Harrison||KO||12 (12)||09/04/2010||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||Werner Kreiskott||TKO||1 (4)||20/03/2010||Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Loss||31-14||Alexander Ustinov||UD||10||20/06/2009||Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Loss||31-13||Lamon Brewster||UD||8||14/03/2009||Ostseehalle, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany||Sprott down at the end of round 3.|
|Win||31-12||Zack Page||PTS||6||19/11/2008||Royal Lancaster Hotel, Bayswater, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||30-12||Taras Bydenko||UD||10||31/05/2008||Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Loss||30-11||Matt Skelton||MD||12||14/07/2007||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||Audley Harrison||KO||3 (12)||17/02/2007||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||Rene Dettweiler||SD||12||04/11/2006||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||Ruslan Chagaev||TKO||8 (12)||15/07/2006||Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany||For WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title & vacant WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title.|
|Win||28–9||Antoine Palatis||UD||10||18/02/2006||Meadowbank Sports Centre, Wembley, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom||Won vacant EBU-EU (European Union) heavyweight title.|
|Loss||27–9||Volodymyr Vyrchys||UD||12||13/12/2005||Freizeit Arena, Soelden, Austria||For WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title.|
|Loss||27–8||Paolo Vidoz||UD||12||01/10/2005||EWE-Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany||For EBU (European) heavyweight title.|
|Win||27–7||Cengiz Koc||SD||10||23/04/2005||Arena Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Won vacant EBU-EU (European Union) heavyweight title.|
|Win||26–7||Robert Sulgan||TKO||1 (8)||10/09/2004||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom||Sulgan down from a right uppercut.|
|Loss||25–7||Matt Skelton||KO||12 (12)||24/04/2004||Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom||Lost BBBofC British heavyweight title & Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title.|
|Win||25–6||Danny Williams||PTS||12||24/01/2004||Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom||Won BBBofC British heavyweight title & Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title.|
|Loss||24–6||Danny Williams||TKO||5 (12)||26/09/2003||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||Colin Kenna||TKO||1 (10)||01/08/2003||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom||Retained BBBofC British heavyweight title.|
|Win||23–5||Petr Horacek||KO||1 (6)||10/06/2003||Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||22–5||Mark Potter||TKO||3 (10)||18/03/2003||Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom||Won vacant BBBofC British heavyweight title.|
|Win||21–5||Mike Holden||TKO||4 (8)||24/01/2003||Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||20–5||Tamas Feheri||TKO||2 (6)||12/12/2002||Equinox Nightclub, Leicester Square, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||19–5||Derek McCafferty||PTS||8||17/09/2002||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||18–5||Garing Lane||PTS||6||10/07/2002||Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||17–5||Pele Reid||TKO||7 (10)||09/05/2002||Equinox Nightclub, Leicester Square, London, England, United Kingdom||Won vacant WBF European heavyweight title. Sprott down twice.|
|Loss||16–5||Danny Williams||RTD||7 (12)||12/02/2002||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||Jermell Barnes||PTS||8||20/12/2001||Topsportcentrum, Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||15–4||Corrie Sanders||TKO||1 (8)||03/11/2001||Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Loss||15–3||Timo Hoffmann||UD||8||24/03/2001||Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany|
|Win||15–2||Timo Hoffmann||PTS||8||17/02/2001||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||14–2||Wayne Llewellyn||TKO||3 (8)||14/10/2000||Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||14–1||Tony Booth||PTS||6||18/01/2000||Leisure Centre, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||13–1||Chris Woollas||RTD||4 (6)||10/07/1999||Elephant and Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||12–1||Gary Williams||PTS||6||16/01/1999||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||11–1||Harry Senior||TKO||6 (10)||12/09/1998||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||11–0||Michael Murray||PTS||6||14/02/1998||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||10–0||Ray Kane||RTD||1 (6)||14/03/1998||Elephant and Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||9–0||Johnny Davison||TKO||2 (6)||10/01/1998||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||8–0||Nick Howard||TKO||1 (4)||06/12/1997||The Arena, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||7–0||Darren Fearn||PTS||6||08/11/1997||Elephant and Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||6–0||Gary Williams||PTS||6||02/09/1997||Elephant and Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||5–0||Wladek Framas||PTS||6||20/05/1997||Picketts Lock Stadium, Edmonton, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||4–0||Tim Redman||KO||2 (4)||16/04/1997||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||3–0||Alvin Miller||KO||1 (4)||17/03/1997||Marriott Hotel, Mayfair, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||2–0||Johnny Davison||KO||2 (6)||19/02/1997||Town Hall, Acton, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||1–0||Geoff Hunter||TKO||1 (4)||20/11/1996||Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom|
- "Sprott lands Prizefighter". Sky Sports. 9 October 2010.
- Alan Hubbard (18 April 2004). "Boxing: From Reading removals man to heavyweight champion". The Independent.
- Mike Lewis (19 February 2007). "Sprott calls time on Harrison's dream". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-02-23.[dead link]
- 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.
- "Michael Sprott Prizefight Profile". Matchroom Sport.