David Price vs Matt Skelton Preview Nov. 30
Undefeated heavyweight prospect David Price of Liverpool, England meets fellow countryman Matt Skelton in a 12-round showdown in front of his hometown fans at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on Friday November 30. The 29-year-old Price will be putting his British and Commonwealth crowns on the line in the contest. He claimed the vacant British title in January with a first-round knockout over John McDermott and added the Commonwealth title four months later when he stopped Sam Sexton in the fourth round.
However, Price didn’t really make a name for himself until he destroyed British heavyweight Audley Harrison in just 82 seconds on October 13. He’s been preparing for the fight against the 45-year-old Skelton in the Algarve, Portugal and is confident of a win. He took just a week off after his bout against Harrison and claims he’s ready to go after the aging Skelton. Price sparred with McDermott to prepare himself for the fight and will be entering the ring for the fourth time this year.
He’ll do so with a record of 14-0 with 12 Kos while Skelton has a 28-6 record with 23 Kos to his name. Both men have pretty good power and it doesn’t look likely that this fight will go the distance. This will also be Skelton’s fourth bout of the year and he also fought last on October 13 when he beat Jakov Gospic by a second-round TKO. Skelton turned pro back in 2003 and his toughest opponents have been Michael Sprott, Danny Williams, Ruslan Chagaev, and Kubrat Pulev.
Skelton always seems to come up short when he steps up in class. He’s been beaten by Sprott, Pulev, Williams, Chagaev, Francesco Pianeta, and Martin Rogan. Pulev, Pianeta, and Rogan all stopped him while he lost the other three by decisions. His best performance was against Chagaev back in 2008 when he travelled to Germany to take on Chagaev for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. He fought well, but came out on the wrong end of a unanimous decision. He’s also beaten Sprott twice and beat Williams once by decision as well.
Price fought for the first time as a pro back in 2009 and has basically taken on a string of mediocre opponents in England since then. His first big-name fight was against Harrison. However, it didn’t really prove anything since Harrison was completely washed up by then. Price is another one of this era’s huge heavyweights as he stands 6-foot-8 and has an 82-inch reach. He’ll tower over the 6-foot-3 Skelton by five inches.
This might have been a good matchup if Skelton was even at least 10 years younger since both men have power. But with Skelton at 45 years of age, this fight isn’t going to prove a lot. Skelton’s only chance is a knockout, but it’s more likely that he’ll be the one getting stopped.
Sportsbook 5dimes.eu has the latest odds of a Price win at -3600 and a Skelton victory at +1800. Visit 5Dimes.eu to see up to date odds and to bet on this fight. You should also check out our recent boxing betting predictions to see how we’ve done of late capping the fights.