British heavyweight contender Michael Sprott is hoping for one final good run of form as he looks to close the door on his lengthy career.
The former British and Commonwealth champion has fought a remarkable 66 times since first making his debut almost twenty years ago – his two most recent voyages ending in knockout defeats.
Sprott (42-24, 17 KO) has not fought since June and admits that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find opponents in the UK. Disregarding two Prizefighter tournaments, the 40-year old has only fought once in the UK since 2010 and will once again travel as he prepares to face the unbeaten Adrian Granat in Germany this weekend.
“It’s another opportunity for me this weekend and I grabbed it with both hands. I don’t know too much about Granat, but he’s got some decent wins on his record already. I’m looking to get a win and try and get myself back in the mix,” Sprott exclusively told World Boxing News.
“There’s not much out there at the minute, especially in England – so I am having to go abroad for most of my fights. Whether it’s because I’m considered a veteran or something, I’m not too sure. It’s been a while since my last fight against Carlos Takam and even that was taken at short notice, so I’m excited to just be back in the ring again.
“Time’s not on my side and the as I’m getting older the fights are slowing up. I want to give it one final good run this season and see what happens. If things go well, I might carry on a little longer, but I won’t be staying around for the sake of it. Boxing has taken over my life for a long long time, so there are other things in life I’m looking to do,” he added.
Although Sprott knows his time may be coming to an end, he is excited by the new blood coming through the heavyweight division.
“The division is starting to get interesting again and it’s really opened up. Fury’s win was brilliant for him and for the whole heavyweight scene. With the likes of Haye, Wilder, Joseph Parker and a few others coming through, its getting quite exciting again.”
Matt Horan is a lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123