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Skelton Admits Anthony Joshua is Real Deal, No Audley

Matt Skelton admits he should not have compared Anthony Joshua to Audley Harrison after suffering a crushing stoppage defeat to the heavyweight prospect.

The Bedford man risked the wrath of Joshua by suggesting he was making similar mistakes to Harrison in the build-up to their fight in Liverpool last Saturday.

This verbal attack appeared even more unwise when Skelton was ruthlessly stopped in two rounds and with time to reflect, he gave a more glowing assessment of the 24-year-old Londoner.

Skelton fought for the WBA title back in 2008, losing on points against Ruslan Chagaev, and believes Joshua has the potential to become a future world champion.

"I thought we would go the distance but he was so much physically stronger than we thought on the inside," he told Bedford Today.

"I can't take anything away from him and he looks like he could be a world champion with that strength.

"The first round we were okay, he caught me with some good shots so we were happy.

"I don't think he is another Audley, he seems so much more hungrier and fresh so he has the ability to achieve much more."

The veteran is considering retirement after this latest setback, but can be proud of his achievements, which include a European title triumph against Olympic bronze medallist Paolo Vidoz.

"I'm 47 now and I've really got to sit down and look at my future," said the former kick-boxer.

"Reality has set in now and I want to leave boxing with all my faculties intact.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IHATEBOBARUM1 on 07-19-2014

The great skelton he makes maidana look like the cleanest fighter.

Comment by knockoutkid on 07-19-2014

not sure about joshua he seems like he's acting, not sure about his character. war sprott, sprotts a big step up from skelton at this stage

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