A BEAUTIFULLY timed right uppercut put paid to Steven Pearce’s ambition of derailing Bradley Skeete’s pursuit of a British title fight at a stifling York Hall last month, as the Keen Group sponsored prize fighter chalked up win number 17.
Pearce, the former Midlands champion, was game and certainly came to fight. But while he threw plenty of leather, his walk ‘em down style and lack of lateral movement was made for the fast hands and neat footwork of Skeete, who always looked a class above the gutsy Stourbridge man.
After a busy opener, there were clear warning signs for Pearce in the second round, as Skeete crisply countered off the back foot looking to create an opening for the uppercut.
And sure enough, just over a minute into the third round, the unbeaten Londoner brought the curtain down, landing a perfectly executed right uppercut that rocked Pearce back on his heels
Sensing the end was in sight Skeete rushed in, throwing another right hand that almost knocked his dazed opponent through the ropes – although it was the uppercut that had done the damage.
Bleeding and stunned, the Midlands man courageously rose to his feet, but the referee rightly waived the contest off.
Whilst some might suggest this was a slight mis-match, the win nonetheless reaffirms Skeete’s position amongst the UK’s elite welterweights, and the 26 year old is firmly in the mix to challenge for the British title.
Should current champion Frankie Gavin wrest the European title from Leonard Bundu this month he will vacate the British crown, leaving the door open for Skeete to get a shot at the vacant title. Possible opponents include Lee Purdy or Junior Witter, both of whom have fought previously for world titles.