Matt Skelton rolls back the clock as 45-year-old stops Tom Dallas in British shocker

3 Mar

Tommy Barber – London

Former world title challenger Matt Skelton, 45, returned to the ring at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield on Saturday, March 3 following a near two-year hiatus to win a shock fifth round technical knockout over Tom Dallas. Skelton took out the laundry in a bout that could see him fast-tracked back to the British elite as he left Dallas hanging over the top rope like wet washing.

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Barber’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
10 10 10 10 10

9 9 9
9 8

Official verdict: Skelton by way of fifth round stopage.

Tom Dallas saw his stock plummet in 2011. Following a third round teekayo against Continental club fighter Gabor Farkas one year ago, the then-undefeated big man was regarded to be a British prospect worth keeping an eye on, however, he was then out-boxed and out-foxed by renowned American trial-horse Zack Page yet received a dubious decision before succumbing to a potential career-turning second round knockout to fierce power puncher David Price.

One year on and Dallas was matched with a veteran of the heavyweight game – Matt Skelton, who had not fought since the Prizefighter final in 2010 – in a bout in which promoter Frank Maloney would be able to assess whether 6’6 Chatham pugilist was worth investing in.

Within seconds, Skelton – a dominant force at British, Commonwealth and European level during his pomp – showed he had not turned up to merely make up the numbers and cash his cheque as he slammed heavy hands onto Dallas’ head, who was out-brawled on the inside through each and every one of the opening rounds.

Skelton would gather his ten scores in each stanza by digging his head into Dallas’ chest, landing an overhand left before taking a half-step back to then bombard his man with a barrage of confidence-depleting punches. He also paid attention to the pre-fight favourite’s midsection, cracking hook shots into the ribs.

It was no surprise, therefore, that Dallas spoke like a beaten man when his corner asked how he was at the half-way stage. He was initially silent… his corner repeated the question but he was breathing heavy and conceded fatigue. One minute into round five and the inevitable stoppage was secured. Skelton connected with a rocking overhand right, the power pushing Dallas back until further shots left Dallas hanging over the ropes until the referee belatedly intervened.

“I’ve had a tough two years… I knew, I watched Tom Dallas, but I knew Matt of old could win the fight,” said Skelton to Sky Sports following his shock knockout victory. “Hopefully I’m back now, I’m not going to call names but I’ll have a week off then go back to the gym. I came in light, I could have been fitter but I knew if I stuck my game up [I’d have him].”

Promoter Frank Maloney added: “He’s back [in the British heavyweight mix] with that win tonight. There’s life in the old dog yet.”

Skelton moves to 26-6-0, 21ko while Dallas drops down to 15-2-0, 11ko.

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One Response to “Matt Skelton rolls back the clock as 45-year-old stops Tom Dallas in British shocker”


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