Bradley Skeete (23-1-0) the British and Commonwealth title holder at welterweight will be defending only his WBO European welterweight title against little known Frenchman and former victim of Ricky Burns, Souleymane M’baye, and Michele Di Rocco. He goes by the name of Alexandre Lepelley (19-6-1). The fight will be taking place on july the 16th where Jazza Dickens will be up against P4P ranked super bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux for the WBA super bantamweight crown. Also featuring will be Liam Williams taking on Gary Corcoran. Liam’s British and Commonwealth titles will be on the line at light middleweight.
I am along with many other been very impressed with Bradley since his defeat to Frankie Gavin and how he has come back especially after a close points defeat. His boxing ability is not in question after his outstanding performance against Sam Eggington where he boxed rings around Sam and frustrated him all night long with his movement and footwork. His counter shots were outstanding and sent Eggington back to the drawing board on how to progress further in his career. Sam’s saving grace is the fact that he is still only 22 years old and has plenty of time to mature mentally and physically.
But back to the topic of this article which is Bradley Skeete. Im very underwhelmed with the opponent choice and his promoter Frank Warren seems to be protecting his charge with an ace up his sleeve to make it understandable for the poor match up. If Frank Warren believes that he can gate crash the world title unification which is virtually agreed between Kell Brook and Jessie Vargas (IBF & WBO welterweight champions respectively) the he really is living on cloud 9. Bradley is highly ranked in the WBO at number 6 so there will be a stage where he could find himself in an eliminator for a world title. I just cannot figure out why such a poor opponent has been selected for the calibre of fighter of Bradley. I would say defend the British and commonwealth titles against the likes of Glenn Foot, Larry Ekundayo, Tamuka Mucha, Adam Little or Nathan Dale and get much more credibility .
The only logical reason I can come up with for this situation is that Frank Warren has already spent huge money on the two headline fights earlier mentioned and cannot guarantee a significant return on his investment on the show through ticket sales and TV subscriptions and rights fees. This is true to a certain extent due to poor ticket sales across the majority of Frank’s shows.
Which would be a shame as Bradley in my opinion needs to be truly tested and more importantly get the exposure he needs whilst on the way up. Is he currently getting that? Not in my opinion .