London welterweight star Bradley Skeetesays he’ll be fired up to win the Vacant WBO European Welterweight title when he features on the huge O2 arena show on Saturday 28th February, live and exclusive on BoxNation.
Skeete makes his return to the ring in his first fight since his close and controversial points decision loss to domestic rival Frankie Gavin last November in their British and Vacant Commonwealth showdown.
Skeete believes that he’s learnt from the fight and knows that he must apply pressure early
“It was a very very close fight and I believe that I did land the cleaner punches to win, but I shouldn’t have left it to the judges to decide and that it something that we have worked on for this fight,” Said Skeete.
“Gavin’s a very good and clever fighter, but it was more mentally draining than anything. He never troubled me at all and I certainly didn’t feel any power in him. Before the fight he said he was levels above me and I proved him wrong,”
“I know the mistakes I made in the fight, I should have let my hands go more and earlier in the fight and I was too hesitant. If I’d pressed the fight more I know that the outcome would have been different, but that’s down to experience. Like I said, I landed the cleaner and harder shots and if you looked at his face at the end of the fight and then at mine that you’d have though that Gavin had lost.”
The 27-year-old from Penge aims to capture the WBO European crown and secure a top 15 ranking in the WBO by defeating tough Georgian Anzor Gamgebeli as he looks to make big strides in 2015.
Skeete added, “I’m really fired up to win this title and show that I mean business by going straight back into the ring for the WBO European belt and that will get me a WBO ranking which I aim to build on this year,”
“I’d love to have gone unbeaten in my career like Floyd Mayweather Jnr. or Joe Calzaghe, but in this day and age, a loss is certainly not the end of a career and if anything I’ve gained more respect,”
“I’ve been working hard with my trainer Alan Smith and I believe that you’ll see a very different Bradley Skeete on February 28th at the O2 arena and get back to winning ways.”
Tyson Fury’s European and WBO International Heavyweight title defence against Christian Hammer and Chris Eubank Jnr’s challenge for the Interim WBA World Middleweight title against champion Dmitry Chudinov headlines a quality-packed card featuring Cromer ace Liam Walsh defending his British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight titles against rival Joe Murray; Bradley Skeete returning to action and challenging for the Vacant WBO European Welterweight title againstAnzor Gamgebeli; big-hitting Enfield starFrank Buglioni makes the first defence, in his second reign, of the WBO European Super-Middleweight title, against Ivan Jukic; Erith talent Lewis Pettitt defending his WBA International Super-Bantamweight Championship; plus exciting welterweight Ahmet Patterson defending his English Welterweight Championship against Sunderland’s undefeated Glenn Foot that will also be an Eliminator for the British Championship; undefeated Manchester light-heavyweight prospect Dempsey Fury; plus the pro debut of Essex super-featherweight prospect Boy Jones Jnr.
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