Boxing duo set for summer York Hall reappearance

Bradley Skeete shows off his winning belt at the Copper Box last month. Pictures by Will Cornelius.

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Dynamic south-east London boxing duo Bradley Skeete and Lewis Pettitt are set to roar back into action on July 16 at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

The red hot pair, who fight out of Alan Smith’s iBox Gym in Bromley, feature on promoter Frank Warren’s show headlined by Frank Buglioni.

Skeete and Pettitt came away with career best victories at the Copper Box Arena in April, both winning by exciting stoppages in championship title action.

Penge puncher Skeete, 26, made the first defence of his WBA intercontinental welterweight title by halting tough Italian Tobia Giuseppe Loriga in seven rounds.

On the same card Crayford’s super bantamweight talent Pettitt recorded a stunning fifth round stoppage of rock-hard Brazilian Emerson Santos Carvalho to claim the WBA international title.

Now the gym-mates are looking forward to lighting up the world famous east London venue with action-packed performances.

Skeete will feature in a ten-round international contest, while Pettitt will make the first defence of his new title, opponents will be announced shortly.

“I’m still on a high from my fight against Loriga in April,” said Skeete.

“I was under some pressure to perform with people saying that I was a safety first fighter and happy to win by going the distance.

“I know what I can do and so does Alan, but I knew I had to perform to shut these critics up so I just let the fighter in me out on the night instead of the boxer and the result was dynamite.

“Loriga came to fight and he really put it on me, but I just took him to pieces and he didn’t have an answer.

“It was a satisfying win which showed everybody what I can do - and there’s more to come.

“The York Hall will be another good night and I'm looking forward to packing it out with my fans and giving them another explosive performance.”

Pettitt’s hard-hitting performance last time out made a lot of fans and media wake up to the talented 23-year-old.

And the Crayford man is now biting at the heels of top domestic rivals Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg and Kid Galahad.

He explained: “My fight at the Copper Box Arena in April was like a launch pad for me.

News Shopper: Pettitt with his belt

“It was the biggest night of my career and one where I really needed to perform and I did.

“I knew Carvalho would be big and strong with muscles on muscles and when he got in the ring I thought I’d entered Mr Universe, not a fight.

“He was strong, but my boxing ability was way above his and I knew that I’d get to him in the end.

“Getting the stoppage was a big plus and really made people sit up and notice.

“I’m a way off the top guys like Frampton, Quigg and Galahad but they need to look in the rear view mirror because I’m closing in on them.

“Making the first defence of my title at the York Hall will be a big night for me at the home of London boxing and I aim to please my fans again.”

Buglioni headlines the show on July 16 when he challenges for the vacant southern area super-middleweight title against Sam Couzens.

Chief support sees super-featherweight ace Mitchell Smith challenging Peter Cope for the vacant English crown.

An action-packed undercard feautres Wembley light middleweight Gary Corcoran, Chingford super middleweight Tom Baker, Islington welterweight Georgie Kean, Canning Town light welterweight Billy Morgan and Erith middleweight J.M Coyle.

Completing the undercard is the highly anticpated pro-debuts of Clapham light heavyweight Kirk Garvey (2012 ABA light heavyweight champion) and Raynes Park welterweight Louis Adolphi (2012 ABA light welterweight champion).

Tickets are priced at £40 and £60 and are available at ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 844 04444.

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