Matt Skelton

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Matt Skelton
Born (1967-01-23) 23 January 1967 (age 51)
Bedford, England
Other names
  • The Bedford Banger[1]
  • The Bedford Bear
Nationality British
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Division
Style
Stance Orthodox
Team Team Skelton
Years active
  • 2001 (MMA)
  • 1998–2002 (kickboxing)
  • 2002–2014 (boxing)
Professional boxing record
Total 37
Wins 28
By knockout 23
Losses 9
By knockout 5
Kickboxing record
Total 71
Wins 63
By knockout 57
Losses 8
By knockout 3
Mixed martial arts record
Total 1
Wins 0
Losses 1
By submission 1
Other information
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.

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

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
37 fights 28 wins 9 losses
By knockout 23 5
By decision 5 4
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
37 Loss 28–9 United Kingdom Anthony Joshua TKO 2 (6), 2:33 12 Jul 2014 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
36 Loss 28–8 United Kingdom John McDermott UD 10 15 Mar 2013 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, England For vacant English heavyweight title
35 Loss 28–7 United Kingdom David Price KO 2 (12), 2:56 30 Nov 2012 United Kingdom Aintree Equestrian Centre, Liverpool, England For British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles
34 Win 28–6 Croatia Jakov Gospic TKO 2 (6), 2:40 13 Oct 2012 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
33 Win 27–6 Czech Republic Ladislav Kovarik TKO 3 (6), 0:48 18 May 2012 United Kingdom Corn Exchange, Bedford, England
32 Win 26–6 United Kingdom Tom Dallas TKO 5 (8), 1:00 3 Mar 2012 United Kingdom Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, England
31 Loss 25–6 United Kingdom Michael Sprott SD 3 9 Oct 2010 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Prizefighter 14: heavyweight final
30 Win 25–5 Republic of Ireland Kevin McBride UD 3 9 Oct 2010 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Prizefighter 14: heavyweight semi-final
29 Win 24–5 United Kingdom Ali Adams UD 3 9 Oct 2010 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Prizefighter 14: heavyweight quarter-final
28 Win 23–5 United Kingdom Lee Swaby TKO 5 (6), 1:00 9 Jul 2010 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
27 Loss 22–5 Bulgaria Kubrat Pulev KO 4 (8), 2:14 30 Jan 2010 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
26 Loss 22–4 Italy Francesco Pianeta RTD 8 (12), 3:00 19 Sep 2009 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany For European Union heavyweight title
25 Loss 22–3 United Kingdom Martin Rogan TKO 11 (12), 1:21 28 Feb 2009 United Kingdom National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England Lost Commonwealth heavyweight title
24 Win 22–2 Italy Paolo Vidoz RTD 9 (12), 3:00 19 Dec 2008 Italy PalaLido, Milan, Italy Won vacant European heavyweight title
24 Loss 21–2 Uzbekistan Ruslan Chagaev UD 12 19 Jan 2008 Germany Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany For WBA heavyweight title
22 Win 21–1 United Kingdom Michael Sprott MD 12 14 Jul 2007 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained Commonwealth heavyweight title
21 Win 20–1 United Kingdom Danny Williams UD 12 8 Jul 2006 United Kingdom Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales Won Commonwealth heavyweight title
20 Win 19–1 Armenia Suren Kalachyan KO 4 (8), 0:38 1 Apr 2006 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
19 Loss 18–1 United Kingdom Danny Williams SD 12 25 Feb 2006 United Kingdom ExCeL, London, England Lost Commonwealth heavyweight title
18 Win 18–0 United Kingdom John McDermott TKO 1 (12), 1:19 10 Dec 2005 United Kingdom ExCeL, London, England Retained British heavyweight title
17 Win 17–0 United Kingdom Mark Krence RTD 7 (12), 3:00 16 Jul 2005 United Kingdom Bolton Arena, Bolton, England Retained British heavyweight title
16 Win 16–0 Argentina Fabio Moli TKO 6 (12), 2:14 25 Feb 2005 United Kingdom Wembley Conference Centre, London, England Won vacant WBU heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 United Kingdom Keith Long TKO 11 (12), 2:45 19 Nov 2004 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Retained British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles
14 Win 14–0 Australia Bob Mirovic RTD 4 (12), 3:00 5 Jun 2004 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Retained Commonwealth heavyweight title
13 Win 13–0 United Kingdom Michael Sprott KO 12 (12), 0:56 24 Apr 2004 United Kingdom Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, England Won British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles
12 Win 12–0 United Kingdom Julius Francis PTS 10 7 Feb 2004 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Retained English heavyweight title
11 Win 11–0 Romania Costel Patriche KO 1 (8) 15 Nov 2003 Germany Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Germany
10 Win 10–0 Montenegro Ratko Draskovic TKO 3 (8), 0:58 25 Oct 2003 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland
9 Win 9–0 Romania Costi Marin TKO 1 (6), 1:46 11 Oct 2003 United Kingdom Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth, England
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Michael Holden TKO 6 (10), 0:32 18 Sep 2003 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, London, England Won vacant English heavyweight title
7 Win 7–0 France Antoine Palatis TKO 4 (6), 2:51 17 Jul 2003 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, London, England
6 Win 6–0 United Kingdom Dave Clarke TKO 1 (6), 1:25 15 May 2003 United Kingdom Grosvenor House Hotel, London, England
5 Win 5–0 Russia Alexey Varakin KO 2 (6), 1:27 8 Apr 2003 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
4 Win 4–0 Nigeria Jacklord Jacobs TKO 4 (6), 1:41 18 Feb 2003 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Neil Kirkwood TKO 1 (4), 1:29 8 Dec 2002 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Alvin Miller KO 1 (4), 0:28 27 Oct 2002 United Kingdom Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London, England
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Gifford Shillingford KO 2 (6), 1:02 22 Sep 2002 United Kingdom Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London, England Professional debut

Professional kickboxing record[edit]

63 Wins (57 knockouts, 0 submission, 6 decisions), 8 Losses, 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 63-8 Brazil George Arias Decision 3 (3) 2002-08-10 Ichigelki (promoted by Kyokushin karate)
Win 62-8 Hungary Peter Varga TKO 3 (3)
0:53
2001-11-18 England Northampton, England Retained International Kickboxing Federation PRO Muay Thai World Super Heavyweight Title
Lose 61-8 Netherlands Lloyd van Dams Decision 1 (3) 2001-08-08 Japan Marine Messe, Fukuoka, Japan K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Fukuoka
Lose 61-7 Netherlands Ernesto Hoost Decision 3 (3) 2001-06-16 Australia Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, Australia K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Melbourne Final
Win 61-6 Canada Michael McDonald Decision 3 (3) 2001-06-16 Australia Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, Australia K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Melbourne Semi-Final
Win 60-6 Greece Paris Vasilikos KO 2 (3)
1:51
2001-06-16 Australia Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, Australia K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Melbourne Quarter-Final
Win 59-6 United States Jeff Ford KO 2 (3)
1:51
2000-11-26 England Northampton, England Won International Kickboxing Federation PRO Muay Thai World Super Heavyweight Title
Lose 58-6 Brazil Francisco Filho KO 2 (3)
2:36
2000-08-20 Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 in Yokohama Semi-Final
Win 58-5 Belarus Alexey Ignashov Decision 3 (3) 2000-08-20 Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 in Yokohama Quarter-Final
Win 57-5 United Kingdom Ricky Nicklson KO 3 (3)
1:10
2000-04-16 England Aston Villa Leisure Center, Birmingham, England K-1 UK Battle of Britain 2000 Final
Win 56-5 United Kingdom Mark Russell Decision 3 (3) 2000-04-16 England Aston Villa Leisure Center, Birmingham, England K-1 UK Battle of Britain 2000 Semi-Final
Win 55-5 United Kingdom Gary Turner Decision 3 (3) 2000-04-16 England Aston Villa Leisure Center, Birmingham, England K-1 UK Battle of Britain 2000 Quarter-Final
Loss 54-5 France Jérôme Le Banner KO 1 (3)
1:59
1999-08-05 Japan Osaka Dome, Osaka, Japan K-1 World Grand Prix '99 Opening Round
Loss 54-4 Netherlands Lloyd van Dams Decision 3 (3) 1999-06-20 Japan Osaka Dome, Osaka, Japan K-1 Braves '99 Semi-Final
1 Extra Round
Win 54-3 South Africa Jan Nortje Decision 3 (3) 1999-06-20 Japan Osaka Dome, Osaka, Japan K-1 Braves '99 Quarter-Final
Loss 53-3 Netherlands Peter Aerts KO 4 (5)
3:00
1999-04-25 Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan K-1 Revenge '99
Loss 53-2 Australia Sam Greco Decision 5 (5) 1998-09-27 Japan Osaka Dome, Osaka, Japan K-1 World Grand Prix '98 Opening Round
Win 53-1 Japan Masaaki Satake TKO 1 (3)
2:06
1998-07-18 Japan Nagoya Dome, Nagoya, Japan K-1 Dream '98
Win 52-1 New Zealand Ray Sefo TKO 2 (3)
3:00
1998-05-24 Japan Marine Messe, Fukuoka, Japan K-1 Braves '98
Win 51-1 South Africa Jan Nortje TKO 3 (3)
0:47
1998-04-09 Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan K-1 Kings '98

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0-1 Tom Erikson Submission (Strangle Choke) PRIDE 17 3 November 2001 1 1:51 Tokyo, Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "It's now or never for the Bedford Banger". Bedford Today. Johnston Press. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2016.2011-04-10.
  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.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
New title English heavyweight champion
18 September 2003 – 24 April 2004
Won British title
Vacant
Title next held by
Mark Krence
Preceded by
Michael Sprott
British heavyweight champion
24 April 2004 – June 2006
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Scott Gammer
Commonwealth heavyweight champion
24 April 2004 – 25 February 2006
Next:
Danny Williams
Preceded by
Danny Williams
Commonwealth heavyweight champion
8 July 2006 – 28 February 2009
Succeeded by
Martin Rogan
Vacant
Title last held by
Sinan Şamil Sam
European heavyweight champion
19 December 2008 – September 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Albert Sosnowski
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Georgi Kandelaki
WBU heavyweight champion
25 February 2005 – July 2005
Vacated
Title discontinued