Bradley ‘Super’ Skeete will expect much tougher challenges as he gradually works his way to the top of the professional boxing ranks, writes Ziad Chaudry .

The 24-year-old from Battersea dug deep to outpoint London Irishman Peter McDonagh over 10 rounds to claim his first pro title British Masters welterweight title last Friday at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

In a closely contested affair, the former Earlsfield ABC representative dominated during the closing rounds to edge it 97-95 on referee Ken Curtis’s scorecard.

“Peter McDonagh was the toughest test I’ve had so far, it was a good learning experience,” said a jubilant Skeete, who extends his perfect record to nine wins.

“I expected 10 hard rounds and I got them, that’s what I needed.”
Skeete now hopes to take on Southern area champion Chas ‘The Bomb’ Symonds, who pulled out of a meeting last week.

Symonds, 30, who won the title in April, was due to fight Skeete last Friday before deciding to pull out just two weeks before.

Skeete said: “Chas has to put up and shut up because that’s the fight I’m getting next.”

“Chas is talking about fighting for the British title but he is so deluded. You’ve got to defend your title and earn to fight for the British title.”