North East exciting prospect Bradley Saunders is ready to mix it up with Britain’s best. The 26 year old light welterweight from Sedgefield is due to fight seasoned pro Peter McDonagh at the Manchester Arena on November 30th in his fifth outing since turning professional last February.
The Beijing 2008 Olympian currently undefeated in four fights shares his thoughts on his experienced opponent. “He’s tough, won numerous fights over the last 12 years; he’s fought the best in Britain. Big prospect Ronnie Heffron only beat him by 1 round in his last fight.”
Not many others have attempted 8 rounds so early on in their professional career but the light welterweight exudes confidence in his ability to last the duration. “It’s unheard of someone fighting an eight rounder in their fifth fight. Whatever happens I’ll be more than fit for the full eight rounds.”
Although considered by many as a risky fight and a step up from the calibre of other challenger’s, Saunders is already looking at the potential possibilities the win will bring for him. “McDonagh beat Curtis Woodhouse, the English Champion and been the distance with Lee Purdy. If I win this fight then I’m straight in the mix with all of them.”
Saunders blasted his way through seasoned veteran Ivan Godor in front of Glasgow’s SECC capacity crowd to knock down the durable Slovakian three times before the referee called an end to the contest. This was the veteran 32 year old’s first stoppage at the hands of Saunders for over three and a half years when he was knocked out by unbeaten prospect Krzysztof Szot in Poland in April 2009.
Sharing the bill with famous Cricketer, Andrew Flintoff, trained by the great Barry McGuigan and son Shane, the 34 year old is in peak physical condition and raring to go. The former world champion from Ireland has been impressed with his boxing skills and fitness.
Saunders is confident that the aging novice will do well despite criticism by many in the industry most notably from London promoter, Frank Maloney. “To be honest I don’t fear for him, win, lose or draw, he’ll get guided well and looked after.” Saunders said.
In the 10 short months since turning professional, questions are being asked just how quick the County Durham talent can begin to win titles. Saunders’ answered “Doesn’t how matter how long it takes for me to get it but I want the British title. I’ve always dreamed of winning the Lonsdale Belt and keeping it.”
The rising star is on the lookout for new sponsors for 2013 to help his challenge for titles so if you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities then please contact Sports Marketing Manager Tim Rickson at [email protected]
You can follow the rising star on Twitter @BRADSAUNDERS_ and follow his success on official website www.bradleysaunders.com or on Facebook. For tickets to the show in Manchester please call 07414 112 022