Following the withdrawal of Brentwood’s English Middleweight title challenger Joe Mullender from his rematch with Romford champion Lee Markham, Bradley Skeete (24-1 10 KOs) will now make the first defense of his British Welterweight title against Manchester’s Shayne Singleton (23-1 8 KOs) at the Brentwood Centre on November 25.
Stylish South Londoner Skeete is flying up the world rankings – ranked sixth by the WBO and seventh by the IBF – and has his heart set on winning the Lonsdale Belt outright before targeting world honours in 2017.
The co-feature of the night sees Romford’s Lee Markham defending his English Middleweight title against Midlander Andrew Robinson who replaces the injured Mullender. Markham, who already holds a win over Mullender, previously drew with Frank Buglioni who outpointed Robinson back in 2014. However, both men were venturing out of their natural Middleweight division and at 160 pounds this is a real 50/50 battle.
Chingford’s emerging and undefeated Boy Jones Jnr (10-0 7 KOs) challenges for his first professional title in the Vacant Southern Area Super-Featherweight Championship against Kent man Martin Hillman (7-2 2 KOs). Jones Jnr, trained by Essex duo Dominic Negus and Lennie Butcher, is widely tipped for big things after racing to his tenth pro win earlier this month at the tender age of 19.
Ilford’s Light-Heavyweight sensation Anthony Yarde (8-0 7 KOs) is another exciting addition to an already action-packed show. The hard-hitting knockout king recently fought on the undercard of Liam Smith’s blockbuster World title showdown with Mexican pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez at the incredible Dallas Cowboys home, the AT&T Stadium in Texas and is readying himself for an assault on the light-heavy domestic scene with his first appearance in his native Essex.
A special attraction for Essex fans sees the professional debut of Hornchurch’s 20 year-old Harley Benn, the son of the iconic ‘Dark Destroyer’ Nigel Benn who won World titles at two weights in the 1990’s. Harley will make his professional bow 25 years after his father defeated Lenzie Morgan at the Brentwood Centre in 1991 in between his two epic encounters with his nemesis, Chris Eubank.
Ironically, Croydon’s Nathaniel ‘Banks’ Wilson also appears on the show 27 years after his own father, one Chris Eubank Snr stopped Les Wisniewski at the venue in 1989.
Prospects including Chadwell Heath’s unbeaten Super-Welterweight Ben Hall and South Ockendon Super-Lightweight Charlie Driscoll also appear on the show alongside the hugely popular Chelmsford Super-Middleweight Billy ‘The Bomb’ Long and Hornchurch’s Super-Lightweight Sanjeev Sahota, who between them will ensure the Brentwood Centre will be packed to the rafters for what promises to be a memorable night for Essex fight fans.