Eggington faces Skeete in Birmingham brawl, Browne challenges Chagaev
Lee Gormley | March 3, 2016
Sam Eggington v Bradley Skeete
- British and Commonwealth welterweight titles fight
- Saturday, March 5th
- Scheduled for: 22:00 GMT
- Genting Arena, Birmingham
- Live on Sky Sports 1
Eggington seeks Skeete stoppage at home
Sam Eggington defends his British and Commonwealth titles against Bradley Skeete this Saturday night in his hometown of Birmingham, when the welterweight pair will collide live on Sky Sports at the Genting Arena.
The reigning champion comes into his latest outing after a successful British defence over Dale Evans, in which he outpointed his former challenger, and the 22-year-old is in search of three wins which would see him collect the Lonsdale strap for good.
Though the West Midlands brawler will have to overcome skilful talent Skeete (22-1, 10 KOs) in front of his home crowd, a fighter that is regarded as the more rounded boxer of the two, but Eggington (17-2, 9 KOs) is odds-on 4/6 with Coral for victory.
Boxer versus brawler in Birmingham?
Eggington outlined his intentions of keeping Skeete occupied from the moment the first bell sounds, with the latter possessing proficient technical attributes to help throughout 12 rounds.
“People say I like a scrap and are saying this is a boxer against a brawler but if I choose to box it will still be competitive and if I choose to have a brawl it will be fun,” stated ‘the Savage’.
“I am not going to say I am a better boxer than Bradley but if I want to box it would be a competitive fight but I am not going to choose to do that through the 12 rounds.
“It will be a hard fight at times for both of us but it will be harder for Skeete. If he is boxing me I would definitely have an easier time than if I am pressuring him. It will be a good fight while it lasts but I am more than confident. I think there is always a possibility of a stoppage.”
h2>Skeete confident of outgunning Eggington
This weekend’s bout will see Skeete make his second challenge for the British and Commonwealth crown, having tasted defeat to Frankie Gavin on his first attempt in 2014, and the Londoner is 6/5 to prevail this time around.
“At the press conference they said it was a boxer versus brawler fight. It is a fight and if I need to box I will box and if I need to fight I will fight,” said Skeete.
“It is all about what happens on the night. I have put the hard work in in the gym, I will have the tactics right and on Saturday night see what goes down. It is a fight and anything can happen. I know I can’t just go in there and box my way through the fight.
“I have seen Sam fight and I know what he is all about so I know there will be times I will need to fight and times I will need to box. It is a big arena, a headline fight, and I am expecting a good, hard fight.”
A draw between the duo in Birmingham is 20/1, in what should be a classic domestic battle, as Eggington targets another successful defence of his straps, while Skeete aims to down the home favourite and finally clinch the British and Commonwealth belts.
Ruslan Chagaev v Lucas Browne
- WBA regular heavyweight title fight
- Saturday, March 5th
- Scheduled for: 20:45 GMT
- The Colosseum Sport Hall, Russia
- Live on BoxNation
‘Big Daddy’ ready for awaited title chance
Hard-hitting Australian Lucas Browne makes the daunting trip to Russia to challenge Uzbekistan champion Ruslan Chagaev for his WBA regular heavyweight title as part of Saturday night’s action, having earned his shot by brute force.
The former MMA fighter has rallied to 20 knockout victories from his 23 professional ring outings and is 9/4 to secure part of the WBA strap on Russian soil, with his best chance to prevail in difficult conditions being by another early stoppage.
“I’ve been training very well and I know I’ve got 24 million Australians back home supporting me,” outlined ‘Big Daddy’.
“I don’t think about not winning. I’ve trained to win and that’s what I’m here to do. I don’t want to let my countrymen down. I’ve had three months away from my family. It’s been very hard but it’s going to be worth it.”
Australian aiming for Russia knockout
In a testing division which has constantly witnessed confrontations boil over with the likes of David Haye, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury involved, Browne (23-0, 23 KOs) holds no hate towards Chagaev (34-1-2, 21 KOs), but is hoping for a KO triumph.
“I have no reason to hate Chagaev whatsoever. We are two warriors who are coming to fight. He’s a family man with a wife and children and so am I. We are both here just to do a job,” added the 36-year-old.
“He is experienced. He’s fought big fights but I’m taller and I have a lot of power. I’ve trained for the 12 rounds. I’m fit and I’m prepared to go 12 rounds. If the moment is there, of course I’ll take it to knock him out.”
The undefeated Aussie challenger’s biggest career was a 2013 decision over three-weight world champion James Toney, but he faces a stern southpaw whose only losses are to Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin, with the defending champion odds-on 1/3 to retain his part of the WBA title.