23 January 1967 |
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: 30 September 2016
Matt Skelton (born 23 January 1967) is a British former professional boxer, kickboxer, and mixed martial artist. In boxing he competed from 2002 to 2014 and held multiple regional heavyweight championships, including the British, English, and Commonwealth titles between 2003 and 2006, and the European title from 2008 to 2009. He also challenged once for the WBA heavyweight title in 2008. In kickboxing he competed from 1998 to 2002, and held the IKF Pro Muay Thai super-heavyweight title from 2000 to 2001.
Skelton did not become a professional boxer until the age of 35. Prior to this he had been a professional kickboxer.
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.
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.
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.
Mixed martial arts
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.
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.
On 30 November 2012 Skelton challenged David Price for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles and lost via second-round KO.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|37 fights||28 wins||9 losses|
|37||Loss||28–9||Anthony Joshua||TKO||2 (6), 2:33||12 Jul 2014||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|36||Loss||28–8||John McDermott||UD||10||15 Mar 2013||York Hall, Bethnal Green, England||For vacant English heavyweight title|
|35||Loss||28–7||David Price||KO||2 (12), 2:56||30 Nov 2012||Aintree Equestrian Centre, Liverpool, England||For British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles|
|34||Win||28–6||Jakov Gospic||TKO||2 (6), 2:40||13 Oct 2012||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|33||Win||27–6||Ladislav Kovarik||TKO||3 (6), 0:48||18 May 2012||Corn Exchange, Bedford, England|
|32||Win||26–6||Tom Dallas||TKO||5 (8), 1:00||3 Mar 2012||Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, England|
|31||Loss||25–6||Michael Sprott||SD||3||9 Oct 2010||York Hall, London, England||Prizefighter 14: heavyweight final|
|30||Win||25–5||Kevin McBride||UD||3||9 Oct 2010||York Hall, London, England||Prizefighter 14: heavyweight semi-final|
|29||Win||24–5||Ali Adams||UD||3||9 Oct 2010||York Hall, London, England||Prizefighter 14: heavyweight quarter-final|
|28||Win||23–5||Lee Swaby||TKO||5 (6), 1:00||9 Jul 2010||York Hall, London, England|
|27||Loss||22–5||Kubrat Pulev||KO||4 (8), 2:14||30 Jan 2010||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany|
|26||Loss||22–4||Francesco Pianeta||RTD||8 (12), 3:00||19 Sep 2009||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany||For European Union heavyweight title|
|25||Loss||22–3||Martin Rogan||TKO||11 (12), 1:21||28 Feb 2009||National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England||Lost Commonwealth heavyweight title|
|24||Win||22–2||Paolo Vidoz||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||19 Dec 2008||PalaLido, Milan, Italy||Won vacant European heavyweight title|
|24||Loss||21–2||Ruslan Chagaev||UD||12||19 Jan 2008||Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany||For WBA heavyweight title|
|22||Win||21–1||Michael Sprott||MD||12||14 Jul 2007||The O2 Arena, London, England||Retained Commonwealth heavyweight title|
|21||Win||20–1||Danny Williams||UD||12||8 Jul 2006||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales||Won Commonwealth heavyweight title|
|20||Win||19–1||Suren Kalachyan||KO||4 (8), 0:38||1 Apr 2006||York Hall, London, England|
|19||Loss||18–1||Danny Williams||SD||12||25 Feb 2006||ExCeL, London, England||Lost Commonwealth heavyweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||John McDermott||TKO||1 (12), 1:19||10 Dec 2005||ExCeL, London, England||Retained British heavyweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||Mark Krence||RTD||7 (12), 3:00||16 Jul 2005||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England||Retained British heavyweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Fabio Moli||TKO||6 (12), 2:14||25 Feb 2005||Wembley Conference Centre, London, England||Won vacant WBU heavyweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Keith Long||TKO||11 (12), 2:45||19 Nov 2004||York Hall, London, England||Retained British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles|
|14||Win||14–0||Bob Mirovic||RTD||4 (12), 3:00||5 Jun 2004||York Hall, London, England||Retained Commonwealth heavyweight title|
|13||Win||13–0||Michael Sprott||KO||12 (12), 0:56||24 Apr 2004||Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, England||Won British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles|
|12||Win||12–0||Julius Francis||PTS||10||7 Feb 2004||York Hall, London, England||Retained English heavyweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||Costel Patriche||KO||1 (8)||15 Nov 2003||Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Germany|
|10||Win||10–0||Ratko Draskovic||TKO||3 (8), 0:58||25 Oct 2003||Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland|
|9||Win||9–0||Costi Marin||TKO||1 (6), 1:46||11 Oct 2003||Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth, England|
|8||Win||8–0||Michael Holden||TKO||6 (10), 0:32||18 Sep 2003||Goresbrook Leisure Centre, London, England||Won vacant English heavyweight title|
|7||Win||7–0||Antoine Palatis||TKO||4 (6), 2:51||17 Jul 2003||Goresbrook Leisure Centre, London, England|
|6||Win||6–0||Dave Clarke||TKO||1 (6), 1:25||15 May 2003||Grosvenor House Hotel, London, England|
|5||Win||5–0||Alexey Varakin||KO||2 (6), 1:27||8 Apr 2003||York Hall, London, England|
|4||Win||4–0||Jacklord Jacobs||TKO||4 (6), 1:41||18 Feb 2003||York Hall, London, England|
|3||Win||3–0||Neil Kirkwood||TKO||1 (4), 1:29||8 Dec 2002||York Hall, London, England|
|2||Win||2–0||Alvin Miller||KO||1 (4), 0:28||27 Oct 2002||Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London, England|
|1||Win||1–0||Gifford Shillingford||KO||2 (6), 1:02||22 Sep 2002||Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London, England||Professional debut|
Professional kickboxing record
|63 Wins (57 knockouts, 0 submission, 6 decisions), 8 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Win||63-8||George Arias||Decision||3 (3)||2002-08-10||Ichigelki (promoted by Kyokushin karate)|
|Win||62-8||Peter Varga||TKO||3 (3)
|2001-11-18||Northampton, England||Retained International Kickboxing Federation PRO Muay Thai World Super Heavyweight Title|
|Lose||61-8||Lloyd van Dams||Decision||1 (3)||2001-08-08||Marine Messe, Fukuoka, Japan||K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Fukuoka|
|Lose||61-7||Ernesto Hoost||Decision||3 (3)||2001-06-16||Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, Australia||K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Melbourne Final|
|Win||61-6||Michael McDonald||Decision||3 (3)||2001-06-16||Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, Australia||K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Melbourne Semi-Final|
|Win||60-6||Paris Vasilikos||KO||2 (3)
|2001-06-16||Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, Australia||K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Melbourne Quarter-Final|
|Win||59-6||Jeff Ford||KO||2 (3)
|2000-11-26||Northampton, England||Won International Kickboxing Federation PRO Muay Thai World Super Heavyweight Title|
|Lose||58-6||Francisco Filho||KO||2 (3)
|2000-08-20||Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan||K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 in Yokohama Semi-Final|
|Win||58-5||Alexey Ignashov||Decision||3 (3)||2000-08-20||Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan||K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 in Yokohama Quarter-Final|
|Win||57-5||Ricky Nicklson||KO||3 (3)
|2000-04-16||Aston Villa Leisure Center, Birmingham, England||K-1 UK Battle of Britain 2000 Final|
|Win||56-5||Mark Russell||Decision||3 (3)||2000-04-16||Aston Villa Leisure Center, Birmingham, England||K-1 UK Battle of Britain 2000 Semi-Final|
|Win||55-5||Gary Turner||Decision||3 (3)||2000-04-16||Aston Villa Leisure Center, Birmingham, England||K-1 UK Battle of Britain 2000 Quarter-Final|
|Loss||54-5||Jérôme Le Banner||KO||1 (3)
|1999-08-05||Osaka Dome, Osaka, Japan||K-1 World Grand Prix '99 Opening Round|
|Loss||54-4||Lloyd van Dams||Decision||3 (3)||1999-06-20||Osaka Dome, Osaka, Japan||K-1 Braves '99 Semi-Final
1 Extra Round
|Win||54-3||Jan Nortje||Decision||3 (3)||1999-06-20||Osaka Dome, Osaka, Japan||K-1 Braves '99 Quarter-Final|
|Loss||53-3||Peter Aerts||KO||4 (5)
|1999-04-25||Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan||K-1 Revenge '99|
|Loss||53-2||Sam Greco||Decision||5 (5)||1998-09-27||Osaka Dome, Osaka, Japan||K-1 World Grand Prix '98 Opening Round|
|Win||53-1||Masaaki Satake||TKO||1 (3)
|1998-07-18||Nagoya Dome, Nagoya, Japan||K-1 Dream '98|
|Win||52-1||Ray Sefo||TKO||2 (3)
|1998-05-24||Marine Messe, Fukuoka, Japan||K-1 Braves '98|
|Win||51-1||Jan Nortje||TKO||3 (3)
|1998-04-09||Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan||K-1 Kings '98|
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||0-1||Tom Erikson||Submission (Strangle Choke)||PRIDE 17||3 November 2001||1||1:51||Tokyo, Japan|
- "It's now or never for the Bedford Banger". Bedford Today. Johnston Press. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2016.2011-04-10.
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter, 23 January 1989
- "Matt Skelton jailed for attempting to pervert course of justice". The Daily Telegraph. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- Professional boxing record for Matt Skelton from BoxRec
- Matt Skelton profile at K-1
- Professional MMA record for Matt Skelton from Sherdog
|Regional boxing titles|
|New title||English heavyweight champion
18 September 2003 – 24 April 2004
Won British title
Title next held byMark Krence
|British heavyweight champion
24 April 2004 – June 2006
Title next held byScott Gammer
|Commonwealth heavyweight champion
24 April 2004 – 25 February 2006
|Commonwealth heavyweight champion
8 July 2006 – 28 February 2009
Title last held bySinan Şamil Sam
|European heavyweight champion
19 December 2008 – September 2009
Title next held byAlbert Sosnowski
|Minor world boxing titles|
Title last held byGeorgi Kandelaki
|WBU heavyweight champion
25 February 2005 – July 2005