British Welterweight champion Bradley Skeete believes he is ready to step up in class after clearing up domestically.
Skeete fights next on promoter Frank Warren’s show at London’s Copper Box Arena on February 10th, with an opponent set to be named soon.
Skeete achieved his dream of securing the Lord Lonsdale Challenge Belt outright, stopping Shayne Singleton in five at the Brentwood Centre in June before taking the belt home for keeps by outpointing Dale Evans at the Copper Box Arena in July.
And now Skeete is determined to entice one of the 147lbs world Champions into the ring.
"I’m ready to prove I’m a World class fighter," said Skeete. "I’ve got the World rankings but now I need the right fights to back them up. Jeff Horn swerved the fight with me. I’m avoided for a reason!
"My style would give anyone trouble. I’m ready and waiting to prove what I can do against the best!"
Skeete, 30, is currently ranked No.3 with the WBO and No.6 with the IBF.
He was close to landing a World Title fight against WBO titlist Horn, but the Australian’s team opted to face Gary Corcoran instead. Horn stopped the challenger in the 11th round on December 13th.
“Horn took the easier fight in Corcoran and blatantly avoided me,” he added. "I’d have taken him to school and his team knew that. If it wasn’t for Horn and his team swerving the fight, then I’d be a World Champion. I’d have gone over there and got that World Title.
"That’s all in the past now and I’ll be aiming to start the year in style with a win next month."