Feature | Highlight 5 | Issue | Premium | Jul 30 2019

How numerous tragedies inside the ring and out inspired Kevin Sanders to be a better man

A fighter died under the watch of trainer Kevin Sanders and changed him forever, writes Declan Warrington
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AMID the then-irresistible David Price’s final second-round assault on the poker-faced Matt Skelton in 2012, it was the experienced figure of Kevin Sanders who dismissed the protests from his own corner to rescue his ageing fighter.

Without Sanders’ intervention the vulnerable-but-proud Skelton, then 45, would ultimately have been left with little choice but to fight on against a once-ruthless heavyweight, and one unquestionably in possession of remarkably heavy hands.

Even the disappointment of defeat did little to affect the trainer’s conviction once they had returned to the run-down Aintree hotel at which they were staying. Sanders – as by then those who had accompanied Skelton in anticipation of a triumphant evening had realised – had made the correct call, and did so without wavering because of the tragedies he had witnessed from both positions of success and defeat.

Sanders takes Matt Skelton on the pads Action Images/Andrew Couldridge


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