Matt Skelton took Danny Williams' Commonwealth heavyweight title with a 117-112 (twice), 115-114 decision in the headline fight of the Millennium Stadium's 'Once in a Millennium' boxing show on Saturday and says he now has the world title in his sights...
Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli pulled off the punch of the night with an upper-cut sending the never been stopped veteran Argentinean Marcelo Dominguez tumbling to the canvass to take the Interim WBO World Cruiserweight crown - and 2004 Olympic Silver Medallist Amir Khan completed a trio of 'not-to-be-missed' clashes on the 16-fight card when he followed Skelton's points victory over Williams and Maccarinelli's demolition job with an impressive stoppage of his own. Welsh boxing icon Joe Calzaghe has stated his ambition to fight at the Millennium Stadium before his career end - after pulling out of last weekend's show due to a hand injury - and post-fight talk from both Williams and Skelton hinted at a third rematch. Kahn too was impressed with the massive Millennium Stadium arena so the chances of a return visit to the Cardiff capital venue from Frank Warren's Sports Network boxing stable to top the 12,000 crowd attending this weekend are high. But Skelton first has his eyes on giant Russian Nikolai Valuev in a World title bout after moving into pole position should promoter Warren strike a deal with the Valuev camp. Warren will now resume talks aimed at landing a shot for the Bedford man who only came to boxing four years ago at the age of 35 after starting out as a kick-boxer. Skelton said: "Valuev is a big fellow but he is beatable and my attitude to life and the fight game is that we are all human and none or us are infallible. "Certainly I would have to train a certain way to beat him and I am not saying I would want to fight toe to toe with him. But I would study his fights and give myself a chance." Skelton stayed on his toes to clinch the verdict over Williams, whose decision to come in at a career-heaviest 20st 8lbs backfired badly as he was left looking a little flat-footed by his opponent. Still, in some ringsiders' eyes he landed enough clean blows to justify at the very least a rematch, and the 32-year-old insisted he is nowhere near ready to call time on his topsy-turvy career. Williams said: "I feel very down but I give Matt 100 per cent credit for his performance. It is always very difficult when I lose but I have recovered from it before and I will come back again. "After the final bell I knew Skelton had done enough, he moved well and used his feet well and changed his tactics, and I thought he definitely won the fight. "I expected him to go to war and with me being so heavy I was hoping for that, but he was very nimble while I felt sluggish. Although I felt fully fit I could not get my shots off."
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
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