Unbeaten light welterweight Bradley Saunders cruised to his 7th win over Gareth Heard at the Nordoff Robbins annual charity event in Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
The fight was one of four taking place during the evening and was originally for Heard’s British Masters Bronze welterweight title but the 30 year old Wiltshire fighter failed to make the weight.
Saunders, the 27 year old victor from Sedgefield won the first round clearly by being the busier boxer landing frequently. By the second round, opponent Heard became frustrated and threw a few late punches after the bell had sounded. Saunders shrugged it off and came out even stronger in the third round, working the body and throwing damaging uppercuts consistently. Heard acknowledged the good work from Bradley with a smile and a touch of gloves on the bell. Hunting him down in the fourth round and dominating the centre of the ring Saunders found the answer and dropped Heard with a barrage of punches culminating in a devastating left body shot. Beating the count, Heard gallantly continued only to be finished off completely with a combination ending with a fantastic left uppercut that ended the fight just seconds later.
Saunders is now seven pro fights undefeated with his fifth stoppage and looks a formidable force in the light welterweight ranks.
In other action Simon Vallily moved on to his third successive win in the pro ranks appearing more and more comfortable in the transition from his amateur success. A slow opening round, but Valily opened up during the second and third, landing some solid punches on Rolandas Cesna, the Lithuanian opponent. Another comfortable win on the record for the 2010 gold medalist who will move up to six threes in his next fight.
Both North East fighters, Saunders and Vallily, are now looking forward to fighting closer to home in Gateshead in November.
Second bout of the evening was very interesting between Matty Fagan and Ryan Nicol. Despite an early knockdown and subsequent cut, Ellesmere Port’s Matty Fagan took the points decision. McNicol came out furiously from the red corner and knocked Fagan down in the first round. Fagan sustained a nasty cut above the right eye, but answered by being busier and stronger in the second. Fagan appeared to be back on top at the end of the fourth after pulling together some slick combinations.
Headlining fight between WBO European lightweight title holder Stephen Ormond and challenger Adam Dingsdale was a close contest with the Irish champion edging the points decision. The highly entertaining scrap involved each fighter throwing a high density of punches throughout the entire fight and the close fight was well worthy of being the main event.
This year’s Boxing Dinner was held in loving memory of Dean Powell who was a member of the Nordoff Robbins Boxing Event Committee and instrumental in putting the night together.
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