By Karl Freitag
Michael Sprott won “Prizefighter Heavyweights IV” and the £32,000 ($51,000) winner’s check in the latest edition of promoter Barry Hearn’s one night elimination tournament on Saturday night at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, England. Sprott (35-15, 17 KOs) took a sloppy split decision over Matt Skelton (24-7, 20 KOs) in the final. He did more the first two rounds, but Skelton came on late. Scores were 29-28, 29-28 for Sprott and 29-28 for Skelton. It was sweet revenge for Sprott, who had previously lost twice against Skelton.
Michael Sprott (34-15, 17 KOs) cruised past far less experienced upstart Shane McPhilbin (3-2, 2 KOs), perhaps saving his energy for Matt Skelton in the final. Scores were 30-27 on all cards.
Skelton (25-6, 20 KOs) won a controversial unanimous decision over Kevin McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs). The Clones Colossus scored a clear knockdown in round two (that was botched by the referee) and seemed to do more, but Skelton prevailed 29-28 on all cards.
Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin McBride (35-7-1, 29 KOs) won a three round split-decision over Franklin Egobi (15-4, 10 KOs) in a slow, sloppy fight. Scores were 29-28, 29-28 for McBride, and 29-28 Egobi.
43-year-old former WBA heavyweight title challenger Matt Skelton (24-5, 20 KOs) walked right through Ali Adams (9-3-1, 3 KOs) winning an easy three round unanimous decision. Scores were 30-37, 30-37, 29-28.
Shane McPhilbin (3-1, 2 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Declan Timlin (7-1, 4 KOs) in round two. Timlin was down in round two and the bout was waved off moments later. Time :51.
Former British and Commonwealth titleholder Michael Sprott (33-15, 17 KOs) outclassed former Prizefighter finalist Danny Hughes (7-2-2, 2 KOs) over three by scores of 30-27 on all cards.