It was back in October 2010 when Matt Skelton last fought, but now he will make his return against Tom Dallas on March 3rd. The Heavyweight pair will feature on the undercard to Jamie McDonnell's defence of his European bantamweight title against Malik Bouziane.
The eight-round clash will be Skelton's first taste of action since he defeated Michael Sprott in the final of Prizefighter.Despite his long lay off Skelton confirmed to Skysports that he is now back and determined to be in the mix in the domestic scene alongside Tyson Fury and David Price.
"Britain has the best crop of young heavyweights in the world at the moment and I can't wait to get back in the mix and start on the likes of Price and Fury."
Tom Dallas (12-1) lost to Price last time out, after taking the fight at extremely short notice. Although defeated in his last night Dallas is looking to prove the critics wrong.
"Many heavyweights have a loss on their record, it's how you come back. I am not making any excuses, David beat me fair and square but I took the fight at short notice. This time I will have to train to beat Skelton and hopefully get another crack at 'Pricey' later on down the line. I wanted to fight a real opponent and not a Latvian melon, so it's great to be taking on such a high profile fighter."
No offence to Matt Skelton but I don't see him getting back to the level of Tyson Fury and David Price. I think his time has come and gone with that level with Fury and Price looking to step up to world level. Don't get me wrong in the past I've enjoyed some of his tear-ups but a long break at his age is never good for a fighter. Maybe he is coming back for a pay-day but along with Sprott and Harrison I think it's time to call it a day.
As for the fight, it could be decent enough. Dallas will have a good go, and Skelton's experience will be a factor. I'm really unsure as to how much the break will have affected Skelton, but I don't want to sit on the fence. With Dallas fresher being the younger man and with something to prove I say him...but if Skelton does win surely people don't think he is at the level of Price and Fury?