Skelton bounces back
Sunday, 02, Apr 2006 09:58
Matt Skelton bounced back from his defeat to Danny Williams last month with a fourth-round knockout of Armenia's Suren Kalachyan at the York Hall in London.
The Bedford fighter was in control for much of the fight and ended it 30 seconds into the fourth after two decisive blows left Kalachyan unable to beat the ten count.
The win was a welcome return for Skelton, who can now look forward to a rematch with Williams, who was at ringside, on July 15th.
"I was back in the gym training a few days after the Williams fight and wanted to get back as soon as possible," Skelton said.
"I'm ready for the rematch and believe I can put the record straight by beating him next time."
There was a little concern before the bout that Skelton may have been fighting too soon after the Williams bout five weeks ago.
However, he never looked in danger and despite a slow start, got into his stride and forced his opponent to the mat in the closing stages of the third with a good bodyshot.
Kalachyan returned to his feet but he didn't last long as Skelton finished the fight soon after.
Despite the comfortable win, Williams was unimpressed with Skelton and predicted that he would finish him inside four rounds in July.
"He didn't show me anything I haven't seen from him before and I'm confident I can do a better job next time," Williams said.
"Four rounds, that's all I'll need."
The two will meet in the MEN Arena in Manchester in July, with the possibility of a future world title shot for the winner.