Kerman Lejarraga vs Bradley Skeete

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Kerman Lejarraga vs Bradley Skeete
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Date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Location: 
Bilbao Arena, Bilbao, PaĆ­s Vasco, Spain
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
147
Titles at Stake: 
EBU Welterweight European Title
Referee: 
Daniel Van de Wiele

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Fan Cards: Kerman Lejarraga vs Bradley Skeete


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
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KERMAN LEJARRAGA
10
10
BRADLEY SKEETE
9
9


scorecard by EDDIE HEARN GIRL
Round
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KERMAN LEJARRAGA
10
10
BRADLEY SKEETE
9
9


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
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KERMAN LEJARRAGA
10
10
BRADLEY SKEETE
9
9


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
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KERMAN LEJARRAGA
9
9
BRADLEY SKEETE
10
10


scorecard by BOXNATIONSCORES12
Round
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KERMAN LEJARRAGA
10
10
BRADLEY SKEETE
9
9


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
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KERMAN LEJARRAGA
10
10
BRADLEY SKEETE
9
9


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

This is a great match up!

Kerman Lejarraga is not well known (I think for Spanish fighters, it his hard to make a name for yourself globally), but he is a very good fighter, 24-0, he's beaten some decent European level opponents, Denton Vassell, Jose Del Rio, he won the Spanish welterweight title in his last fight, and he's a two-time WBA international champion. Lejarraga is 26, so approaching his prime, this is a major step up in class for him, he'll want to make a name for himself, probably work towards a world title, but beating Bradley Skeete is a tall order, this fight will answer a lot of questions.

I've watched Bradley Skeete fight for years, he's very popular in the UK, his career hasn't been easy, he's learned on the job, struggled against English level and non title level fighters, at an early stage if his career, but he has really progressed, learned a lot from tough fights, and in recent years, in pretty much every fight, he's done fantastic. Skeete had a hard time against Colin Lynes, Peter McDonaugh, domestic level, he also suffered his only career loss, a decision defeat to Frankie Gavin in 2014, but he took on McDonaugh in a rematch, beat him in a much more one sided fight, and since the Gavin loss, he's been on a winning streak, one performance, one win, I think stands out. Skeete impressed everyone when be out boxed favourite, hard hitting Sam Eggington, and since that fight, when he wins, people take him seriously as a good fighter, much more than many considered him to be before the Eggington fight.
There have been talks of Skeete fighting for a world title, he has boxed very well, time and time again, he is not undeserving of an opportunity like that. I think Skeete is certainly as good as he is ever going to be, it won't be long before he starts to decline, but now, it is his time, winning is very, very important, if he keeps any chance he has if a world title fight. My opinion is that Skeete, at European level, is not only good, but great, at world level, I believe he is decent, I don't think he is on the level of Thurman, Spence, not in terms of talent, calibre, but there have poorer fighters than Skeete who have won world titles in the past.

Lejarraga and Skeete have very different styles.
Lejarraga is a very aggressive fighter, he makes you work, he jabs his way in, and he is a very good inside fighter, I don't think he's defensively that good, and I think any opponent that can create daylight, can frustrate Lejarraga, and test him, but he's won everything so far. I think Lejarraga is a very good fighter, I'm just not sure how good a boxer he is, fighting has worked for him so far, he can punch, he has variety, he mixes up well from head to body, and he does have skills, but as he steps up at this stage of his career, his versatility, adaptability will be tested.
Skeete is a fantastic outside fighter, he feints, he has 3 minute focus, he lands the counter jab so well, often dictates rounds that point scoring, he doesn't have a high work rate, but his stamina is fantastic, he's nimble, and he can go through the gears, when he has a fighter hurt, he really capitalises, doesn't let guys off the hook, he isn't a big puncher, but he has developed more power over the years as he has matured as a fighter, and he is a giant of a welterweight, and when the opponent is fatigued, they really struggle with the natural size of Skeete. Skeete often works in spurts, lands with clean, precise two punch combinations, and although his output is not high, he doesn't have issues with inactivity.

Lejarraga will want to push Skeete back, walk him down, close the diatance, and attack him from body to head, that's his fight, but Skeete, with that strong jab, and his size, especially beyond 5 rounds, might be able to stifle Lejarraga's offensive attacks. I don't think Skeete can get Lejarraga's respect power wise, definitely not early, and the jab is hardly a reason for the aggressor to be seriously careful, but if Skeete can get into a good rhythm of using the straight shots to control distance, and he can frustrate Lejarraga, make it sothat he is the one with the hill to climb, then it might be Lejarraga who is only taking more out of himself and walking into counters by putting the pressure on, trying to land leather.

I think Skeete will win this fight, I think it will be competitive, but Skeete will win by UD.
I do wonder about the judging system in Spain, Skeete won't get the benefit of the doubt in the other guy's backyard, but I hope the judges are fairly reasonable, and Skeete gets a fair shake.

Champion58's picture

Prediction.
Bradley 'beef dinners' Skeete to win comfortably, UD, a wide decision, too much skill, too much nous for Lejarraga.

Champion97's picture

Absolutely gutted for Bradley Skeete!
It is one thing to lose a fight, but to lose like that is something else.
Those body shots were brutal, Alan Smith was right to throw the towel in, Skeete had no idea what to do, he hadn't recovered from the first knockdown I don't think, and that was 3 knockdowns, he was wincing in agony, showing grit and courage, but there to be hurt, and him getting more hurt is I think the only thing I think that would have happened had Smith let Skeete get up from that last knockdown. I have no idea where Skeete goes from here, he'll take some time off, but when he gets back in the gym, he should ponder his career, he lost as a fighter in his prime, that wasn't an inexperienced 23- year old losing a tough fight, with years to learn and improve, but a fighter who had already worked so hard to get to where he was, he won't improve in the future, if he does continue, and aim to be successful, it will have to be at British sort of level, because based on this fight, Skeete is not a world level fighter, and it is likely that he won't want to compete below his potential, therefore, he'll retire, I think he should.

Lejarraga was brilliant, that was some statement, he doesn't look spectacular when he is in the ring, but he is workmanlike, effective, and as we saw tonight, he really can do damage. I'm interested to see how Lejarraga fares when he steps up in class, you can definitely argue he is every bit as good as his record suggests. I think Lejarraga is a brilliant offensive fighter, a really great aggressor, he is a dangerous fighter, but is he a really good world level fighter?, we'll see hopefully, I think for sure, he can be fighting for a world title well within the next two years.

It is hard to know whether Skeete had an off night, maybe (as much as I hope this isn't the case) he just isn't as good as we thought he was based on how well we've seen him box at a certain level. In either of those scenarios (both are possible), Lejarraga maybe steps up in class, fight a Thurman or Spence, and finds out he isn't world level, the hard way, but maybe this fight was a case of Skeete being the great British level fighter and half-decent fighter at any level we thought he was, and he was just unfortunate to have fought a particularly talented and dangerous fighter on the rise, could be a combination of all 3 scenarios.