San­ders is back on the ti­tle trail with Skel­ton

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

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.

For tick­ets call: 07938 699457 or Rus­sell at RPB 07435789144. Al­ter­na­tively go on­line at http://www. sham­rock­box­ing­prom­


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