Bradley Saunders, the exciting light welterweight from County Durham is on all systems go after receiving news of his next fight. Fighting on 7th October at the swish London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane for a special charity dinner event hosted by promoter Frank Warren. The former Beijing Olympian announced the date on Twitter just days ago and commented, “It’s an honour to be boxing on such an event.” The fight has been scheduled for eight rounds but the opponent is yet to be confirmed. This will be the second eight round contest for the unbeaten prospect who has only been forced to go the distance twice in his first six fights to date, clocking up an impressive 66% KO ratio.
Saunders is now in Spain training at Macklin’s Gym in preparation for the fight ahead. Well known for his many travelling fans, the limited tickets will likely sell out in a few days and are priced at £150 each. “I keep myself fit at all times anyway so I’m always ready to go but I’m glad I’ve got my date to work towards.” Speaking from his Marbella training camp Saunders went on to pay tribute to his Manager Dean Powell who sadly passed away this week, shocking the entire boxing world, “I’m gutted to hear the news of Dean, he was in the corner for all my fights. Thoughts are with his family. Cracking man.” Saunders, one of the most decorated amateurs of all time winning countless gold, silver and bronze medals for England has stormed the pro ranks since joining the big boys in February 2012.
He entered his first professional fight at the famous home of boxing, York Hall, bringing over 200 travelling fans along to the east end of London. The following three fights were on some of the biggest shows of the year starting with a first round win over Danny Donchev, forced to retire due to an injured ear requiring stitches. Less than three months later and the hard hitting prospect was taken to the distance, completing his first six rounds against durable Kevin MacCauley but winning on unanimous decision. Just two months later and the keen fighter puts in a stunning stoppage over tough Ivan Godor, a little closer to home in Scotland. The Slovakian known as ‘Little Dragon’ hadn’t been defeated by a knockout for 20 fights before he hit the canvas three times in this fight. In November 2012 came Saunders’ finest win to date in a risky fight so early on in the fledgling’s career against seasoned veteran Peter McDonagh.
The rough Irishman fighting out of South London played his part in a fantastic fight that truly displayed the talent and potential of Saunders in front of a big crowd in Manchester and even bigger viewing on live TV as Freddie Flintoff made his debut into boxing history. The busy year of pro boxing meant that Saunders rightly soared 100 places in the rankings. However the fairy-tale beginning to his career was soon thwarted by a hand injury during the last fight that required surgery and subsequently kept him out of the ring for half a year. Back with a bang from the hiatus in July 2013 and the North East star stopped a resilient Michael Kelly in Wembley Arena with friend and X Factor winner James Arthur looking on in support. So after 18 months in the pro ranks with six wins, four KO’s and a career-threatening hand injury, the hot prospect is firing on all cylinders and raring to go in October in London.