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After two and a half years away, Bradley Skeete announces comeback fight

Published On Wednesday, April 28, 2021By Tim Rickson

Bradley Skeete back to business after 30-months away

Former outright British welterweight champion Bradley Skeete (28-3, 13KOs) will break a 30-month hiatus on June 4 on the Charlie Schofield vs Mickey Ellison English super-middleweight championship card.

The 33-year-old former British, Commonwealth and WBO European titlist announced on social media on April 28: "The comeback is on! After a long time away from boxing, I'll be returning to the ring on Friday, June 4, in Sheffield.

"Thank you to my trainer Dominic Ingle for believing in me and Dennis Hobson for giving me the opportunity."

The European title contender revealed last year that he was planning a comeback with a brand-new team behind him after splitting amicably with Alan Smith's iBox Gym.

He declared on Facebook last November, "So after taking a break from boxing. I’m now back full time training. I’ve moved to Sheffield and have joined the famous Ingle Gym."

The Penge boxer stepped away from the ring after a disastrious 2018, which saw him lost two from three contests. The South Londoner stepped up to European level for the first time in April 2018, but was blasted away by KO king Kerman Lejarraga in two rounds, who won the vacant EBU belt and moved up to 25-0. The Spaniard has since be bested by current champion David Avanesyan on two occasions and was last seen gaining a contentious early stoppage decision over Brit Jez Smith just days ago.

Then came a routine bounce back win in October over Italian-born Fernando Valencia, who was down late in the second and again early in the third when the fight was stopped just 25 seconds in.  That 28th victory was registered on the undercard of Skeete's stablemate Johnny Garton being crowned the British welterweight champion with an 11th-round TKO over tough world title contender Gary Corcoran.

Then, less than two month later, Skeete ended the year in the worst way with another second-round TKO defeat, courtesy of a Diego Ramirez left hook. Argentinian Ramirez, who only had four stoppages from 18 bouts, was not expected to cause the Brit any problems during their 10-round WBO International welterweight bout, but the fragile home fighter was stopped within the last 30 secoonds of the second stanza, prompting him to seriously reconsider his future in the sport.

However, the 6' 1" 'Super' Skeete is now back in action once again, ready for one last roll of the dice.


Schofield vs Ellison

The main event will see once-beaten Charlie Schofield (15-1, 1KO) clash with Darwen's Mickey Ellison (12-3, 4KOs) for the vacant English super-middleweight title.

There's another title fight on the night as 'Big Dawg' Danny Whitaker (4-2) clashes with Stockport's Chris Healey (8-8, 2KOs) for the vacant Central Area heavyweight title. This pair met in March 2020, with Silsden's Whitaker just nicking the four-round decision at 39-38.

Rawtenstall's Aaron Hayden (3-0, 1KOs) will be keen continue his winning start to the pro ranks in his fourth venture.

Five debutants get their inauguration on the night - Connor Lawrence; Craig Miles; Charlie Martin-Stuart; Joe Garside; and York's John Harker.

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