Symonds ready to defend his welterweight title against rival

Blood thirst: Addiscombe boxer Chas

Blood thirst: Addiscombe boxer Chas "Bomber" Symonds wants blood when he defends his Southern Area Welterweight title SP72214

First published in Sport Streatham Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

Addiscombe boxer Chas "Bomber" Symonds wants blood when he defends his Southern Area Welterweight title against challenger Bradley Skeete.

The 30-year-old, who trains under Ian Burbidge, out of Rosehill Amateur Boxing Club in Sutton, is defending the title for the first time since winning it in April.

Skeete, from Penge, is five years Symonds’ junior, is unbeaten in nine, and is tipped for big things.

However, Symonds says the boxing world is in for a shock when the pair clash at the ExCel Arena in London on December 15.

“Everyone is hyping him up as being the next best thing – the next Thomas Hearns – giving him this big hype because he got to the ABA finals, but so what?  I got to the semi-finals of the ABAs, he got knocked out by Ronnie Heffron, I got stopped by Terry Docherty,” Symonds said.

“I’ve been in the same league as him as an amateur, he is getting hype over nothing. I am going to show everyone what he is about– they are in a shock.

“I don’t watch my opponents before a fight, I don’t need to. I know he is tall, I know he’s a boxer – Peter McDonagh showed the public what Skeete has got and it’s not a lot.

“Watching them is my trainer’s job. I just have him set in my mind just the way I want him. I am not worried about how good looks, all I am worried about is hurting him. I want blood, that’s the truth.”

Symonds, with a 17-5-0 record, goes into the bout on the back of two consecutive wins, which ended a run of four defeats in five bouts.

However, the man known as the Croydon Bomber does not count those defeats as a fair reflection of the bouts.

“The fights I lost I should not have lost, I got robbed against Gavin Tait,” he said.

“And I had six hours notice for the Tom Glover fight, which I lost by a round. I feel I’ve had some bad decisions against me, I know it looks like a bad run, but it has just been bad decisions, and I don’t them as losses on my record.

“I am determined to see Skeete off early so I don’t run the risk of another dodgy decision at the end.”

And while Symonds is not foreseeing anything other than a win, he has a proviso should he lose.

He said: “If, by any chance, he would win, he will know he has been in the hardest fight of his life and he has been hit by the hardest boxer in his career. I am confident of that.

“But I cannot see that happening, I can only see one winner – I can see his corner pulling him out.”

Symonds says any talk of a feud between the pair is nonsense, it is all about the boxing and nothing else.

“Good luck to him. People say there’s a feud between us, but that is not the case. I know some of his mates, I know some of people who will be supporting him on the night.

“We’re from roughly the same area. May be best man win, we’ll shake hands afterwards and go our separate ways.”

Symonds is grateful to the support he receives from his family and friends, especially Daniel Newham at Simply Construction who pays his weekly wage while he trains full time for the defence of his belt.

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