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BETTER MAN

A fighter died under the watch of trainer Kevin Sanders and changed him forever, writes Declan Warrington
EVENTFUL LIFE: Sanders reflects on working with some of Britain’s finest fighters
Photo: PATRIK STOLLARZ/BONGARTS/GETTY IMAGES

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-butproud Skelton, then 45, would ultimately have been left with little choice but to fight on against a onceruthless 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.

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