Bradley Skeete tips Kell Brook to finish Matthew Hatton inside the distance

Posted: February 22, 2012 in Interviews
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UP-AND-COMING welterweight Bradley Skeete has tipped Kell Brook to finish the “War Of The Roses” clash against Matthew Hatton inside the distance.

Skeete (7-0) is forging his young, promising career and is slated to fight on the Wembley Arena undercard of the George Groves-Kenny Anderson super-middleweight tussle on March 16.

But just a day after Skeete hopes to tick another mark in the ‘W’ column, Brook and Hatton will meet at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, for a clash in which victory could propel Brook to a world title challenge.

Skeete, who has already demonstrated his punching power by knocking down his last two opponents en route to eight-round points decisions, believes hometown fighter Brook will have enough power to render the judges’ scorecards irrelevant.

“Kell Brook is number one in the welterweights. I really look up to him for everything he has done,” said Skeete, 24.

“I don’t think the Hatton fight will be easy but Kell is world class and he’ll win through. I know how much he wants to win the world title, and I reckon he’ll finish Hatton inside the distance.

“He has achieved so much and I believe he will win the world title.”

The busy Skeete will complete a fifth bout in just six months when competing at Wembley, but the Frank Warren-promoted fighter, managed by Dean Powell, insists it’s all part of the learning experience.

“My first year as a pro went pretty slowly, although I did well, but being on BoxNation allows me to get regular fights,” he said.

“I’m just learning to throw the right punch and get the rounds under my belt – I didn’t want to be just blasting people out.

“In my last two fights I’ve gone eight rounds, but not going for knockouts all the time has allowed me to put rounds in the bank.

“Against Laszlo Komati (Skeete’s most recent fight) I won every round. In my eyes, the stoppages will come. I just don’t feel at this time that I need to be blasting people away in one or two rounds.

“In my next couple of fights I could be challenging for the southern area title, as I believe I’m at that level now. Again, it’s all experience, getting my first title. I wouldn’t want to rush anything, and if this isn’t for the southern area title, I will be ready for it in my next fight.”

Skeete is undoubtedly keeping busier than friend James DeGale, currently inactive after claiming to have split with Warren – something the promoter denies, stressing the Olympian remains under contract.

“We were really close, we were like brothers,” said Skeete of the pair’s friendship.

“After turning pro we don’t speak as much as we used to, but we still speak on the phone from time to time. We still keep in contact, but not as much.

“I spoke to him on his birthday earlier this month (February 3) . We didn’t speak too much about what’s going on, but to be honest I didn’t even ask.

“You know what James is like, he was upbeat as ever. I am sure he will be fine.”

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