Bradley Skeete and Nick Webb came in as heavy favourites tonight – both have been knocked.
Heavyweight Nick Webb (13-1) and welterweight Bradley Skeete came into Saturday looking to keep their careers on track. Webb was knocked out by Dave Allen on the Whyte/Parker undercard back in July. Skeete himself was on the wrong side of an upset loss, also being KO’d by Spaniard Kerman Lejarraga.
Rough night at the York Hall for Webb
Webb fought former Nathan Gorman victim, 5-14-2 journeyman, Kamil Sokolowski. Webb was expected to steam-role the Polish born heavyweight – Sokolowski had other ideas.
Sokolowski caught Webb with a short left that shook Webb to the core. Wobbling and then falling to the canvas. Webb arose, but the writing was on the wall.
Sokolowski threw another left that got behind the guard of Webb, and the big man fell again. The referee waving the fight off as a result.
Webb is left with few options after this loss. The loss to Dave Allen came in a British title eliminator, meaning his ranking with the BBBoC is too low to challenge for the British title any time soon. And with a bad KO such as this to a fighter of Sokolowski’s calibre with leave him with few viable avenues. Credit to Sokolowski, very game and showed real power in there.
1/40 Bradley Skeete can’t realise the odds
Similar to Nick Webb, Bradley Skeete is looking to rebuild after a KO loss. After the loss to Lejaragga, Skeete picked up a victory over Fernando Valencia – putting him back in the win column.
Skeete was 1/40 with Betfair. His opponent – 24 year old Argentinn Diego Ramirez – was 12/1.
Skeete looked to be outclassing the southpaw, showcasing better ring generalship and shot selection. Until he got caught with a wild looping left hook that dropped him flat on his back.
Skeete was swarmed, looked out of it, and was eventually pinned in the corner. The wild swinging Argentine forced the stoppage. Skeete complained – but he was a sitting duck.
Where does that leave these two fighters?
What is next for the fighters is difficult to say, but any hope of title fights at any level have been put on hold indefinitely with these results.