Fast rising light welterweight prospect Bradley Saunders has been added to the 8th March bill for the British cruiserweight title showdown between champion Jon Lewis Dickinson and challenger Neil Dawson.
The contest is set to be staged at Gateshead Leisure Centre, Tyne and Wear – the same venue as Saunders’ previous fight where he dismantled Hungarian Gyorgy Mizsei Jr. in just four rounds, bringing his record up to an impressive 8 (6) – 0 – 0.
This win propelled Saunders through the ranks to now be mixing in with the division’s elite, such as British champ Darren Hamilton and Prizefighter winner Chris Jenkins.
The unbeaten light welterweight from Stockton-on-Tees is hoping for a tough opponent as a test to springboard his ambition to fight for titles in early 2014.
Speaking from Spain, where he has now set up camp, Saunders stated, “I’m in Spain now with my family to concentrate on my profession – no distractions. I love the sport more than I ever have before and can’t wait to see what this year brings because I’ll be ready.”
Opponents so far have been of a good standard for such an early stage of a professional boxing career. The first six months saw Saunders defeat four established journeymen scoring three KO’s.
From there, arguably too early for some critics, Saunders took on Peter McDonagh in just his fifth professional outing and displayed a classy array of boxing skills to grab the attention of the many spectators, also tuning in to watch the bizarre boxing debut of former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff.
The Connemara Kid originally from Galway has fought in over a dozen title fights and has an incredibly durable and aggressive nature that has seen him involved in many a war, such as the two fantastic battles with Lee Purdy for Southern Area titles in 2008 and 2009, still etched into boxing fanatic’s memories.
Although this fight for Saunders was a coming of age exhibition, it left him out of action with a hand injury for the following eight months. A reoccurring problem, the young fighter had corrective surgery to repair the damage on a long term basis.
Back in the square ring in July the following year and Saunders dismantled a tough veteran in Michael Kelly in five easy rounds with new fan, X Factor winner, James Arthur cheering on from ringside. Rejuvenated from the rest and showing absolutely no ring rust as if he hadn’t been away at all, Saunders cruised to a comfortable victory dropping the Irish light welterweight challenger in the first round with a body rippling left hook.
Less than three months later and Saunders resumed his winning streak by putting British Masters Bronze welterweight champion Gareth Heard down twice in the fourth round from heavy body shots forcing referee Jeff Hinds to call an early end to the eight round contest.
The final fight of the year, as described earlier, was the homecoming show that capped off the end of two exciting and ambitious years in the pro ranks where the hard hitting, powerful light welterweight is well and truly at home with the big boys.