Picture Mr Will
By Clive Bernath: Michael Sprott, the man that effectively all but ended the career of Audley Harrison, has professed an interest in challenging new WBA heavyweight king Ruslan Chagaev.
The 28 year-old from Uzbekistan stopped the in form Reading based boxer inside eight rounds in July 2006, but Sprott, who sensationally knocked out former Olympic champion Audley Harrison, has expressed his desire to rematch the new WBA king.
“Of course I’d love to get a rematch with Chagaev,” Sprott told SecondsOut. “ Being totally honest with you Chagaev beat me fair and square last time, no complaints but I really believe it will be a different story next time.
“I started off really well in the early rounds against Chagaev but seemed to switch off in the later rounds. I did have a lot of personal problems at the time but as I say, that is not really an excuse because I was beaten by the better man on the night.”
Sprott has proved on many occasions, that he can up his game in rematches and believes that will indeed be the case when he faces Bedford hardman Matt Skelton at the Excel Arena in London’s Docklands on May 26. Skelton knocked out Sprott in the 12th and final round of a fiercely contested battle in April 2004 but this time the 32 year-old European Union Champion believes he will be the one victorious.
“I’m a much more experienced and different fighter now than when I fought Skelton last time,” said Sprott.”I was in the gym, training a week after the Harrison fight and am totally focused for this fight. I always seem do better in rematches and people I’ve sparred with.”
April 17, 2007