Prizefigher heavyweight winner Michael Sprott
Like a Phoenix from the ashes Michael Sprott won the Prizefighter heavyweight tournament last week at the York Hall in Bethnal Green – to establish himself back in the domestic heavyweight picture following his 11th round KO loss to Audley Harrison in April.
In a boxing case of third time lucky, Sprott defeated old foe and former two time conqueror Matt Skelton in the final of Prizefighter to raise the trophy and the hope of a crack at the British title against Tyson Fury.
Sprott’s career was all but finished when he was flattened in the last round against Audley Harrison in the European heavyweight title fight in April.
The Reading man was winning the fight against Audley when in the last round he dropped his right hand and an ‘A’ Force left hook detonated off Sprotts chin sending him to the canvas unconscious, whilst taking Harrison to a shot at David Hayes WBA world crown. Sprott was left to pick up the pieces.
In winning the Prizefighter that is exactly what he did, mirroring the exact way that Audley Harrison had done before him, when he won the last Prizefighter heavyweights and went onto claim the European title and then get a surprise shot at the world title on the back of it.
With British champion Derek Chisora signing to challenge Wladimir Klitschko for his WBO and IBF world titles, he will not be able to defend the Lonsdale belt against mandatory challenger, and English champ Tyson Fury –  which as seen him vacate the title, leaving Fury to find an opponent to contest the crown with.
Sprott’s Prizefighter win would more than likely put him in a useful position to fight fight Fury for the vacant belt.
English champ Fury

The European title could also be up for grabs which was vacated by Harrison. But Sprott believes his success in the Prizefighter might project him further than a domestic title and he has his eyes set on world glory.

‘It’s always been my dream to become world champion. I’ve never given up,’ said Sprott.


‘Let’s see what comes next, It could be with David Haye or the Klitschko brothers.’ he added
At this moment in time a fight against Fury seems more of a realistic proposition and would be a great domestic match-up and would answer a few questions as to whether Fury is a British heavyweight to be taken seriously or if Sprott
Fury is rumored to be in Detroit, Michigan America. training with Hall of Famer coach Emanuel Steward. The Kronx gym founder Steward, who trained Lennox Lewis through the Halcyon Days of his career and has been instrumental in the Klitschko brother’s career’s thus far ,would seem like the perfect coach to polish the skills of the 6′ 9″ English heavyweight champion.
Fury, in against a resurgent Sprott for the Lonsdale belt would make for a good fight in a very interesting match-up.
Watch this space…
By Chris Maylett
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