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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 July 2007, 21:30 GMT 22:30 UK
Skelton chasing world title dream
Matt Skelton
Skelton beat Danny Williams for the Commonwealth belt last year
Matt Skelton defends his Commonwealth heavyweight title against Michael Sprott on Saturday knowing the reward for victory is a world title fight.

Skelton stopped Sprott when they first met in April 2004 and promoter Frank Warren has promised the reward to the winner of the rematch.

"I've won a world title in kickboxing and to win one in boxing as well would be fantastic," said Skelton.

"Winning one by the end of the year would be ideal."

The Bedford fighter added: "Frank has promised that he will deliver a world title chance, although I do realise that it is also down to other managers and promoters to organise it.

"A few governing bodies rate me highly and Frank has so far delivered all the fights he has said he would.

People talk about how there are no great heavyweights out there at the moment but that just makes it more exciting

Matt Skelton

"The other heavyweights out there are beatable. People talk about how there are no great heavyweights out there at the moment but that just makes it more exciting.

"There's no major force, someone who is capable of defending the title for a long time. I can win a world title and that would fulfil me.

"I watched Ruslan Chagaev beat Sprott. He's strong and is a come-forward fighter. But I think his style would suit me and he's very beatable.

"Wladimir Klitschko is very beatable. Technically he's good but I don't think he likes being on the back foot. I'd be happy to fight any of the four champions though."

Skelton turned 40 at the start of this year and added: "I'm not a young man, as everyone keep reminding me, but I've only been in the game for four and a bit years.

"The urgency in terms of my career is to fight for a world tile. Here I am fighting Michael Sprott again two and a half years down the line.


"The British scene is bit of a round robin and I don't want to stay on it. I want to better myself and move on to bigger titles.

"I'm not discrediting other British fighters because it's a good standard but I feel like I have fought everybody now, bar Audley Harrison and Michael ended his career.

"There's no point in me fighting Harrison now because I want to fight the man who beat the man - and that's Sprott.

"There's no-one else out there on the British scene and I would like to move forward."

Skelton takes on Sprott in a bill which also features Amir Khan's fight against Commonwealth llightweight champion Willie Limond and Nicky Cook's clash with Steve Luevano for the vacant WBO featherweight title.

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