Former British and Commonwealth welterweight champion Bradley Skeete makes his return to the ring on Friday evening after two-and-a-half years out.
Skeete was last seen inside the squared circle back in 2018, when he was stopped inside two rounds by Diego Ramirez. Less than seven months earlier, he was also stopped in the second round after being sent to the canvas three times by Spain’s Kerman Lejarraga.
The Londoner listened to calls for him to take a break from boxing, and many assumed he had retired after a prolonged period outside of the ropes. He now makes his return on Friday night against Dale Arrowsmith in what promises to be another brilliant weekend of action on the new and exciting Fightzone platform, and can’t wait for that opening bell.
“I needed a break. I wasn’t intending to have so long off. At one point I thought ‘this might be the end’, but I’m buzzing.
“It’s all just fell into place. I know all about the Ingle gym, I didn’t think I’d one day be training there.
“At this stage in my career, I’ve had a lot of people doubting me, I’m far from finished. I fell out of love with boxing. I absolutely love it now.
“Friday feels like my debut. I’ve sacrificed moving away, it proves I’m serious and dedicated to reach the level I know I can get to.”
Ahead of another anticipated event in Sheffield, the 33-year-old has got his sights set on a return to the world stage.
“Anyone boxing, you want to be a world champion. I was in touching distance, I had the Jeff Horn fight sorted. He took an easier option.
“I want to get back to that level. I know I’ve got a European title in me. I’m in the gym with a world class trainer and world class fighters. One day I could put my name to the world champions who have been in the Ingle gym.”
It is a long road back to the level that the 28-3 man was previously at, but a win in the Steel City on Friday is the first step on what is sure to be an exciting journey.
Topping that bill is the much-anticipated rematch between Charlie Schofield and Mickey Ellison for the vacant English Super Middleweight title, after Ellison won on points in Bolton back in 2019.
Following on from Kash Ali’s victory last week, Danny Whitaker and Chris Healey fly the flag for the heavyweights on this card as they rematch for the Central Area Heavyweight belt.
Friday night boxing is guaranteed on Fightzone, but they are offering a double header this weekend with another top-class bill to boast of on Saturday.
Marc Leach and Thomas Essomba face off in a ten-round scrap in a British Super Bantamweight title eliminator, with Levi Giles and Luke Jones going toe to toe before that for the Midland Area Super Featherweight belt.
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