McDermott Decisions Skelton to win English Title

By Mark Whalley

John McDermott beat veteran Matt Skelton on a unanimous points to win the English heavyweight title
on Friday evening.

All three judges thought McDermott won convincingly, with two scores of 97-94 and one 97-93.

In doing so, McDermott avenged a first round KO loss to Skelton back in 2005.

Both fighters have recently been knockout victims of David Price, but are seasoned campaigners at domestic level.

For McDermott, who’s record has improved to 28-8 (18 KOs), the victory ushers in his second reign as English champ.

Skelton, on the other hand, must surely be considering retirement.

At 46 years old, the former world champion kickboxer has seen better days.

The loss to McDermott is his second in a row, and one which shows evidence of real decline.

His record is now also 28-8.