Weights: Price 250, Skelton 243
By Scott Gilfoid: Big 6’8″ British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price (14-0, 12 KO’s) successfully weighed in at 250 pounds for his mismatch against 45-year-old Matt Skelton (28-6, 23 KO’s) on Friday night at the Aintree Equestrian Centre, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom.
It’s not much of a fight to be honest, but this kind of par for the course for the 29-year-old Price because his promoter hasn’t been all that interested in putting him in with any talented heavyweights. right now, Price is going through the older heavyweights with 41-year-old Audley Harrison and now 45-year-old Skelton. I haven’t heard anything about 50-year-old Evander Holyfield being targeted next for Price, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets selected next.
As for Skelton, he weighed in at 243 lbs. That’s 11 pounds up from Skelton’s last fight against Jakov Gospic last month. I kind of doubt that Skelton put on 11 pounds of muscles in the past month since the Gospic fight, so I’m guessing that much of that weight is blubber. But whatever the case it doesn’t matter what kind of shape Skelton comes in for the fight tomorrow night, he’s going to get trounced. And that’s not because Price is the best heavyweight since sliced bread, but rather because Skelton is WAY up there in age and was never a great heavyweight to begin win.
I’m still trying to figure out what Price’s promoter Frank Maloney hopes to accomplish by matching him against such weak opposition at his age. 29 is old for a fighter to be still matched weakly, and Price is wasting his career with all the soft jobs that he’s being matched against. I’d hate to see him get passed up by the younger, faster and arguably powerful Deontay Wilder, but that looks like the case. Wilder is facing a tough opponent in Kevlin Price on December 15th, and that’s a really good challenge for Wilder.