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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 May 2007, 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK
Sprott not fit to fight Skelton
Michael Sprott
Sprott beat Audley Harrison to set up a rematch with Skelton
Michael Sprott has withdrawn from his Commonwealth heavyweight title fight against Matt Skelton with a leg injury.

Their rematch was scheduled to top the bill at ExCel London on Saturday, and promoter Frank Warren has been forced to postpone the entire show.

Warren said: "It's a big disappointment to the fans and everyone involved, but an acceptable replacement could not found at this late stage.

"When Michael is fully fit a new date will be announced."


Reading's Sprott injured a muscle in his left leg during a training session late last week and had hoped to recover in time.

He said: "I'm absolutely gutted. Following my win over Audley Harrison I was looking to build on it and hopefully get a world title fight, but that is on hold now.

"I really wanted to fight on but the pain was too severe to continue training and I would not have been fully fit in time to take Skelton on.

"The decision was made by my team and I respect that. I now aim to fully recover from this injury and resume training and await a new date."

Sprott has been told he can resume training in a couple of weeks.

Ticket holders have been promised a full refund.

Bedford's Skelton stopped Sprott in their first encounter in April 2004 to win the British and Commonwealth belts.

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