New Southern Area welterweight champion is predicting a big year ahead

Fists of fury: Bradley ‘Super’ Skeete is the new Southern Area welterweight champion after beating Chas Symonds in four rounds

Fists of fury: Bradley ‘Super’ Skeete is the new Southern Area welterweight champion after beating Chas Symonds in four rounds

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Battersea’s Bradley “Super” Skeete is predicting a big year in 2013 following his emphatically stylish Southern Area welterweight title victory over bitter south London rival Chas Symonds.

The 25-year-old produced a near-perfect display throughout to halt Croydon-based Symonds, 30, in four rounds, at the ExCeL Centre.

Referee Jeff Hinds immediately waved off the contest as soon as the former Earlsfield ABC representative sent the bruised and battered “Bomber” Symonds to the canvas for the second time.

Skeete, who has now won 10 straight outings since turning professional in October 2010, described his victory over the Croydon man as a “job well done”.

He knew from the moment former title holder Symonds entered the ring he would not cope with his sheer pace and power:

“Chas had all the talk before but as soon as he took my jabs and felt my shots he wouldn’t get near me so I just knew it was going to be a good night,” Skeete said.

“There was a lot of hype before the fight but I made it perfectly clear in all the interviews I done if I can’t beat the likes of Chas Symonds then I’ll be wasting my time and everybody else’s time.

“But I got the job done. I predicted I’ll do him in six rounds but I got him out in four so I’m really happy.”

And Skeete, who has now moved up to 13th in the British welterweight rankings, which is headed by Sheffield’s world title contender Kell Brook, issued a stern warning to all his fellow divisional rivals.

Skeete said: “Anyone who comes to fight me is going to get picked off and going to get hurt. People are talking about my power and all that but my power is showing, and is getting better with every fight.

“My last fight was a hard fight with Peter McDonagh who has pushed me and a lot of good prospects to the wire. He was a step up in preparation for title level.

“Despite winning the Southern Area title I still feel I’m a 10-fight novice, I’ve still got loads more to learn.

“I don’t want to rush, I just want to defend the Southern and get some good fights then move on to the English title.”

He added: “Next year is going to be a big year for me.”

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