Bradley Saunders’ opponent has been announced, just days before the fight is due to take place in London, as Gareth Heard the current British Masters Bronze welterweight champion.
Unbeaten Saunders from County Durham faces the 30 year old welterweight from Wiltshire on 7th October at the plush Royal Lancaster Hotel in Park Lane for a special charity dinner event hosted by promoter Frank Warren.
Saunders commented on his opponent, “Can’t wait to box Gareth, he will come to win which is good for me. I can promise you that he likes a fight!”
This will be the second eight round contest and first title challenge for the unbeaten North East prospect who has only been forced to go the distance twice in his first six fights to date accumulating an impressive 66% KO ratio.
The exclusive event is a dinner show in support of the national music charity Nordoff Robbins, but the action will be broadcast live on BoxNation for boxing fans. The fantastic four-fight card also features undefeated prospects Matty Fagan and fellow North East talent Simon Vallily.
Headlining fight will see Stephen Ormond make the first defence of his WBO European lightweight title against Adam Dingsdale.
Dubliner Ormond makes a quick return to the ring after winning the title only last month with a stunning first round stoppage of Adam Mate, dropping the Hungarian three times with powerful body shots.
Kent’s Dingsdale is undefeated in ten fights and has stopped his last three opponents inside three rounds.
Ellesmere Port’s fast-rising lightweight talent Matty Fagan takes on Ryan McNicoll over six rounds as he looks to his extend his unbeaten record over three fights.
Completing the card is Teeside cruiserweight Simon Vallily, the 2010 Commonwealth Games Champion and 2009 ABA Champion hasn’t lost a round in his two fights so far and looks to display his class again when he takes on Rolandas Cesna over four rounds.
This year’s Boxing Dinner is in loving memory of Dean Powell who was a member of the Nordoff Robbins Boxing Event Committee and instrumental in putting the night together.
27 year old Saunders arrived in London earlier than usual in sombre circumstances to attend the funeral of his former manager Dean Powell. The death of the popular, well respected matchmaker sent shockwaves through the boxing world in early September.
The funeral held in Greenwich, London was attended by an array of well-known figures in boxing to pay tribute to an extraordinary and inspirational man who steered so many to title glory in his career.
Saunders tweeted the following message shortly after attending the funeral, “Well, Dean Powell had a great send off. Most people in the boxing world were there for the man, as he was for us. RIP mate, never forgotten!”
October 7th will be the first professional fight for Bradley without Dean Powell in the corner who will unquestionably be truly missed.
“I’m gutted that Dean’s not here for this one as he’s been in my corner for all my fights but I’m sure he will be watching and cheering me on.”
The fight will be aired live on Box Nation Sky Channel 437 or Virgin Channel 546.
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