Bradley Skeete's trainer Alan Smith has full faith in his charge to claim the European Title on away soil this Saturday.

After securing the Lord Lonsdale belt outright, Skeete now faces unbeaten Kerman Lejarraga for the EBU Welterweight crown in Spain, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

The Bromley-based coach recognises the danger of the Basque bomber, who has stopped 19 of his 24 foes: "He's a good fighter, very strong. He's very aggressive, big for the weight," Smith told the BoxNation Podcast.

"But I think Brad has everything to beat people like this and if he wants to move forward, which he does, he has to be able to beat Kerman Lejarraga."

Skeete's most notable victory to date came against Sam Eggington in March 2016, where Skeete upset the hometown favourite to win the British and Commonwealth Titles. Two years on, Eggington has actually been Skeete's chief sparring partner.

Skeete and Eggington

"Sam and Brad have become real good friends since they boxed," revealed Smith. "So Sam was the first person to ring up and offer sparring. I don't think we could get any better sparring than Sam Eggington for this fight.

"I think Brad had to take this opportunity, there wasn't too many people queuing up to fight him. If he carries on defending that British Title any longer, he'd get beat. It's an old cliche - if you stay at the same level too long, you get beat."

Alan Smith

Smith admits that boxing as the away fighter in Bilbao is a small concern, but says this will be good experience for Skeete if he ever boxes for a World Title in America, for example.

"Brad's massively confident and believes in himself more than ever. I think he'll come through Saturday with flying colours. As long as Brad doesn't get caught, and we don't get completely robbed, I think we'll be ok. I've got no worries about Brad not coming home with the belt," he added.

On this week's latest podcast, Frank Warren and Billy Joe Saunders look ahead to June 23rd, we reflect on the Belfast bill and Isaac Dogboe promises to knock Jessie Magdaleno out.

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