Red-hot light welterweight Bradley Saunders will challenge for his first professional title at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday, 7 June.
The undefeated 28-year-old from Sedgefield, a former Beijing Olympian and 2007 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, faces Villi Piispenen for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title on the undercard of Stuart Hall’s IBF world bantamweight title defence against Paul Butler.
Saunders has looked sensational since turning professional in 2012, racking up an unbeaten record of nine wins with seven knockouts. His last four fights have ended by stoppage within five rounds and he received rave reviews after his last hard-hitting display against Mitch Prince in March.
Piispenen is his most experienced opponent to date. The 30-year-old from Finland has won 18 out of 25 fights, with three draws and out of the four losses he’s only been stopped once by Giuseppe Lauri back in 2008. More recently he’s extended European champion Michele Di Rocco in their title fight and Britain’s Lenny Daws in a European Union title bid.
However, Saunders is looking to showcase his potential again with another exciting performance to claim the title.
“I can’t wait, this will be the first of many titles in my career,” enthused Saunders.
“I’ve been building my career along nicely with my last two fights back up here and I’m over the moon that my fans will now get to see me win my first title at home.
“I hear that Piispenen has been wanting to fight me for some time and I was supposed to fight him last time instead of Mitch Prince. Maybe he’s seen something in me that he thinks he can beat, but I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s got to offer.
“Looking at his record he’s mixed in good class and has travelled around a bit so he’ll be used to fighting away from home, but he’s never felt the heat of my roaring fans in the North East hotbed before and then he’s got to contend with me in the ring.
“I’ve had a great training camp in Marbella with the team and I’m looking forward to showing the results next Saturday night.”
Stuart Hall defends his IBF world bantamweight title against Paul Butler at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7. The undercard for the show features Bristol’s Lee Haskins in an IBF world bantamweight title eliminator against Sergio Perales.
Also appearing will be Birtley’s British cruiserweight champion Jon-Lewis Dickinson taking on Commonwealth ruler Ovill McKenzie; Guisborough’s Josh Leather; County Durham’s Thomas Patrick Ward; Doncaster’s Dave Allen and Jason Cunningham; Sunderland’s Jordan King; Wales’ Rhys Evans, and Northumberland’s Lewis Scott.
Tickets priced at £40, £60, £75, £150 and VIP £200 are available via the box office on 0844 493 6666 (VIP packages 0114 243 4443) or from dennishobson.com.
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Courtesy of the Queensberry Promotions press office