Bradley Saunders sells out Newcastle show
The North East sensation Bradley Saunders (8-0-0) takes to the ring this Saturday night in front of a capacity crowd at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle against stand in opponent Mitch Prince (12-2-2).
The hard hitting light welterweight is renowned for attracting large crowds to his shows and hasn’t failed to deliver for his ninth professional fight against Scotsman Mitch Prince on Saturday 29th March, selling close to a thousand tickets of the 6000 capacity arena.
Saunders paid homage to the fans as he looks ahead to extend his unbeaten run to nine fights, “I’m feeling as good as I have ever felt. Really glad to be back home in the North East. I can’t thank all of you enough for the continuous support. Wait till he hears my North East crowd!”
Saunders was initially due to fight top ten ranked Paul McClosky but the awkward southpaw withdrew from the fight with a knee injury. This was a significant blow to Saunders as the contest could have led to an inter-continental belt which could then have doubled up as an eliminator for a bigger title for the victor.
However, Saunders was not disappointed for long after news of a replacement opponent was announced as the 29 year old Prince of Passion, Mitch Prince from Cumbernauld, Scotland who recently took Commonwealth light welterweight champion, Willie Limond the distance in June 2013.
Ranked in the top 20 light welterweights in Britain, the Scot will prove a worthy adversary to Saunders who has been looking for a big test to start the year with.
Saunders commented on his opponent, “Got a good kid in Mitch Prince and people will see what I am all about. This year Team Saunders wants big names and I want to be beating them all in Newcastle, nowhere else.”
The highly anticipated show is a combined promotions between Dennis Hobson Promotions and Francis Warren’s Queensbury Promotions, titled ‘Clash of the Clans’, featuring four title fights and ten unbeaten prospects. Champions Jon Lewis Dickinson, Stuart Hall and Frankie Gavin all defend their crowns against closely matched challengers.
The main event for the IBF World bantamweight title between champion Stuart Hall (16– 2–1) and challenger Martin Ward (18–2–0) is guaranteed to be a fantastic battle.
The supporting fight between British cruiserweight champion Jon Lewis Dickinson (14– 2–0) and challenger Neil Dawson (12–2–0) has fight fans divided in what can only promise to be a spectacular event between the two equally matched fighters.
The 27 year old champ is looking to secure the Lonsdale belt outright in this fight after successfully winning the vacant title against Shane McPhilbin, and subsequently defending the honours successfully twice against David Dolan and Mike Stafford.
Frankie Gavin, the British and Commonwealth welterweight king, is also in action defending his honours against closely matched African Sacky ‘Snake’ Shikukutu (18–2–1) who is the current WBO African Champion, listed at number 14 in the latest WBO rankings as opposed to Gavin, who currently occupies 5th place in the WBO list.
Sunderland lightweight Kirk Goodings (11-1-0) defends his English lightweight title for the first time against Gary Fox (12-2-0) from Fishburn, County Durham over ten rounds.
Highlander Gary Cornish (17-0-0) looks to continue his unbeaten rise through the ranks as he takes on Hungarian Tibor Balogh (13-3-2). Both heavyweights have stopped nine of their opponents making this a tasty match up.
Local talent Josh Leather (2–0–0), Robert Dixon (10-0-0) and Thomas Patrick Ward (6–0–0) all strive to extend their unbeaten runs in front of their home crowd.
Welsh super flyweight Jay Harris (1-0-0) aims to double his win tally against local lad Gary Reeve (1-1-0).
Yorkshire heavyweight David Allen (5–0–0) looks to continue his unbeaten rise through the British rankings by reaching a sixth win against Plamen Nikolov (1-1-1). This will be the 21 year old’s second fight in the same month after a points win over journeyman Moses Matovu on 2nd March in Sheffield.
Slough southpaw George Michael Carmen (13-1-1) will be looking to wham William Warburton (10-59-3) in this welterweight contest.
Dronfield’s middleweight Lewis Taylor (12-0-0) takes on Doncaster’s Jason Ball (7-15-1).
Bantamweight Ross ‘The Boss’ Burkinshaw (10-5-2) from Sheffiled competes in his 18th professional fight against an unnamed opponent.
Clash of the Clans will be aired live on Box Nation – Sky channel 437 and Virgin channel 546.
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