It's now or never for the Bedford Banger

Skelton eyeing WBA heavyweight title

With his career defining fight now just a week away, Bedford Banger Matt Skelton believes his opponent's attacking style is the reason why he has a golden opportunity to bring home the WBA World Heavyweight Championship.

Skelts was giving his final press conference on Wednesday before flying out to Germany as he prepares to stand toe-to-toe with undefeated champion Ruslan Chagaev.

Looking ahead to the challenge that awaits him on January 19, Skelton explained why his opponent was the preferred option out of the four world title holders.

He said: "I watched his fight against Michael Sprott and I just think he is very beatable.

"It's going to be my toughest fight to date. He isn't a world champion by chance and has a brilliant record at both amateur and pro level and I think he shocked a lot of people when he beat Nikolay Valuev.

"He will come to fight and I favour that style of fight. It will bring the best out of me. He is a very clever fighter, who doesn't waste a lot.

"If he is given room to work, he will dominate the fight but I don't intend to give him that."

Skelts also hopes the ringside judges will give him a fair crack of the whip if it goes to a points decision, unlike in past years where a boxer fighting on foreign soil would have had to stop their opponent in order to win.

He said: "Perhaps in the past, the decision would go to the home fighter but I think it's a bit different now and I don't necessarily think I have to stop him to win.

"Obviously if the opportunity comes for a stoppage then I'll jump on it, but my aim is to go out and win every round and not leave myself open."

Meanwhile, promoter Frank Warren has challenged Skelton to repay his faith and backed him to overcome adversity in order to bring home the belt.

He said: "He's long wanted a title shot and to fight Chagaev. We've delivered it and now it's up to him to go and put himself amongst the best boxers in this country and in the world.

"He's up against it fighting away from home, he knows that, but as soon as that bell rings he has just got to go out and dominate the fight.

"We'd have liked this to have been under more favour-able

circumstances, but it is what it is and now he has to go and make the best of it.

"If he wins, and I believe he can, we will then go on to bigger and better things."