Sanders is back on the title trail with Skelton
CITY boxing trainer Kevin Sanders is convinced he’s just one fight away from another title shot.
Sanders, who guided middleweight legend Nigel Benn through four successful world title defences, came out of retirement earlier this year to resurrect the career of heavyweight Matt Skelton from Bedford.
Skelton, a former British, Commonwealth and European titleholder, decided to return to the ring after a two-year break and, with Sanders back at his side, he made a successful return to action in March when he bullied Tom Dallas into fifth round submission.
Now the comeback trail takes him to his hometown of Bedford when he meets Tomas Mrazek from the Czech Republic at the Corn Exchange on Friday May 18.
It’s the top-of-the-bill bout on a show jointly promoted by Dennis Hobson Promotions and Mervyn Turner from Shamrock Boxing Promotions.
Sanders, who is now director of boxing for the Sheffield-based Dennis Hobson Promotions, has no doubt Skelton will win and believes next up could be a British title shot.
“Skelton is the fittest 45 yearold you’ll ever see,” said Sanders. “He’s in the best shape of his life and knows full well that he needs to beat Mrazek to force his way back onto the British title scene.
“Hopefully he’ll win in front of his hometown fans and go on to meet the winner of the Sam Sexton v David Price fight.”
Sexton and Price battle it out for the vacant British heavyweight title on May 19 at Aintree Racecoiurse.
Skelton said: “I am really pleased at the reaction of Bedford people to the bill and it is great to see boxing back here and for me to be in front of my home fans.”
Mrazek (31), from Prague, has had 45 bouts and lost 33 of them. But five of his seven wins (there are also five draws on his card) have been by knockout.
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CLOSING IN ON ANOTHER BRITISH TITLE SHOT: Matt Skelton.