16th September 2012

Billy Joe Saunders

Billy Joe Saunders retained his Commonwealth middleweight title after a second round stoppage win over Australia’s Jarrod Fletcher at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday night.
It was suppose to be a fight that would test the Hertfordshire boy, but in reality it was one of his easiest nights against the former former Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
Saunders, 23, took the initiative from the opening bell from centre ring and was busy and fast with his southpaw jab from the start, with good movement and some solid shots going in and Fletcher looked like he was in for an hard nights work against the sprightly Saunders.
He hurt Fletcher, a former Commonwealth Games gold medallist, with some well picked punches in the first round and a solid left hook shook the Aussie, has he lunged in to try and land a shot of his own near the end of the session. Saunders jabs were knocking Fletcher’s head back and he was fully in control of a dominant opener with Fletcher with looking out of his depth and so far away from home.
Round two and Saunders continued his dominance, making a fight which looked on paper to be the toughest test of his career, very easy. Still busy with the jab that was poking at will into Fletcher’s face, Saunders dropped in a big left back hand that caught the challenger flush and the legs swayed has he felt the full force and went on the defencive. Saunders though was not going to let him off here and followed up his break through punch with a flurry of blows that had Fletcher on the retreat and desperately trying to cover up against the ropes. But the accumulation of shots eventually saw Fletcher go down on one knee briefly and the referee took up the count.
Fletcher was straight back up and took a standing eight count, but Saunders piled in again with a succession of one twos that eventually saw ref Ian John-Lewis jump in and stop the fight at 2:43 of the round.
Saunders looked good in this win and is a worthy holder of the commonwealth strap, he is coming along just nice under Jimmy and Mark Tibbs and it wont be long now before big domestic fights and titles beckon.
The York Hall Undercard Results
Bradley Skeete claimed the vacant British Masters welterweight belt, but had to work hard to get it in a very close fought contest against inspired veteran war horse Peter McDonagh, in a fight that really could have gone either way in the end. It was a fight of two half’s really with McDonagh forcing an early lead with his busier work, where as Skeete came back stronger to take the fight with a score of 97-95 
Steve O’Meara retained his Southern Area light-middleweight strap and his winning streak with a third round stoppage over Birmingham’s Tony Randell.
Unbeaten Super-middleweight prospect and crowd pleaser Frank Buglioni blew away Joe Rea in the second round of a one sided drumming that saw him take his pro record to 6 straight wins, with 4 inside the distance.
Billy Morgan outpointed Youssef Al Hamidi over eight rounds at lightweight to claim his 7th pro win.
Super-Middleweight Gary Corcoran scored his 4th pro win outpointing ring regular Billy Smith over four rounds.
Mitchell Smith outpointed Pavels Senkovs over four rounds in the super-featherweight division.