PENGE BOXER Bradley ‘Super’ Skeete took another step up the prize-fighting ladder last month, winning the WBA Intercontinental title with a comfortable points win over late substitute Christopher Sebire.
On a packed card at the Copperbox arena in London’s Olympic park, The Keen Group sponsored boxer was due to face former WBA World light-welterweight champion, Vivian Harris. But the New Yorker, by way of Guyana, failed the pre-fight medical and Sebire stepped in.
Despite his disappointment at the late change of opponent, Skeete appeared switched on from the opening bell, working behind a crisp jab in the early exchanges.
However, he never really fully capitalised on his obvious superiority thereafter, and the first round pretty much set the pattern for the remainder of the fight with Skeete’s accurate left lead and neat feet proving too much a conundrum to fathom for his out-thought French foe.
At times you felt that Skeete could easily have ramped up the pressure and perhaps tried to force a stoppage win, rather than contentedly continue to pick Sebire off on the outside. But perhaps that is being too critical.
For his part, with the exception of a few sorties, Sebire struggled to find the target. And when he did have success, notably landing shots in the fifth, sixth and eight rounds, they did not carry sufficient enough power to unduly trouble his fleet of foot foe.
Perhaps this might have been just as well for Skeete, who whilst displaying a tighter defence than in previous outings, still allowed his hands to wander too far south of his chin on occasions. A habit he really will need to break when he steps in with the division’s bigger hitters.
At the final bell, there was only going to be one winner. And with score’s of 120-108, 119-111 and 117-111, reflecting the Penge man’s superiority, Skeete’s hand was raised in victory.
Having now racked up 15 straight wins in his professional career and with this latest victory seeing him collect his fourth title, the cab-sponsored puncher will undoubtedly be looking to take another step up in class for his next outing.