Ahead of topping our bill at the Brentwood Centre on Friday night, British Welterweight Champion Bradley Skeete has outlined his plans for next year.
The Penge fighter hopes to win the Lord Lonsdale belt outright before moving on to the next level, but first he must get past Scotland’s John Thain.
“I had the opportunity to top the show in Brentwood, which is close to home. John Thain is a good fighter and in his last fight he won an eliminator to fight me,” he told iFL TV.
“I’ve got a job to do on Friday because he’s coming to win the British Title. He’s a tall fighter like myself. I’ve not really done that in my career yet so that’ll be something to deal with.”
In March, Skeete won the belt after beating Sam Eggington over 12 rounds, and he has made it clear he wants to make three successful defences before advancing to European and World level.
Currently ranked at number 4 with the IBF and 5 with the WBO, Skeete is confident a World Title shot will come towards the end of 2017.
“First things first, I’m the British Champion – I’ve got three British fights ahead of me so I can win the belt outright. Then I’d like a good name on my record at World level.
“Maybe at the end of next year and I’m still winning, why not fight for a World Title? Those names [Paulie Malignaggi and Leonard Bundu] would be perfect for me,” added the 29-year-old.
Watch the full interview with iFL TV below:
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