Saunders joins Matchroom

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(Images courtesy of Ian Horrocks)

North East welterweight joins Matchroom Stable 

Today saw Mathroom supremo, Eddie Hearn, descend upon Newcastle’s St. James’ Park for a special press conference.

A rumour has been circulating for some time now regarding the status of the fight promotion and their possible insertion into north east boxing. The move made was to be one that went down well with not only those in attendance but also regions fight fans – step forward unbeaten welterweight, Bradley Saunders.

The KO specialist made his professional homecoming earlier this year amidst much fanfare and the move, instigated by the Hearns in collaboration with local promoters Steve Wraith and Danny Cox, puts the north east firmly back on the boxing map.

EDDIE HEARN, in announcing Saunders to the gathered press, said: “We are very excited about the journey ahead.
“We’ve waited for the perfect excuse and now we’ve got it and can implement the big plans for the area.”

Hearn, whose Matchroom conglomerate recently launched their ‘Fight Pass’ coverage can count a number of the UK’ s top fighters on their books.

He added: “We have a unique stable.of fighters under Matchroom and the addition of Bradley puts him up there with all of those guys.

“Not only that but we can put him on the biggest platform in Sky Sports. He’s already been added to our big November 22 bill at the sold out Echo Arena in Liverpool and then we’ll look at either January in Manchester, or February in Berlin.”

Saunders, with eight stoppages from ten victories already on his record, the move couldn’t have come at the right time.
Previously with Frank Warren Promotions the Sedgefield fighter whom is based at the MGM Marbella gym is raring to go, as you would expect from such a person.

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(Above – Bradley Saunders; Below – left Bradley Saunders, right Eddie Hearn)

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Speaking at his Matchroom unveiling BRADLEY SAUNDERS paid tribute to not only his family and backroom staff, but also his and north east fight fans.

“It’s unexpected for something like this in the North East,” began Saunders.

“But I’d like to, first and foremost, thank Frank Warren for all that he’s done.

“This however is not only a new chapter but it’s what best for me, my family, and for my team.”
Eddie Hearn also mentioned that Matchroom will be looking at an 8×3 bout for Saunders at the Echo Arena as the County Durham fighter targets his divisions big names, including Chris Algieri.

Speaking of the new future forged in a bright silver lining he added that: “I think that anyone who is in my way is going to get it and this is just the start.

“I believe I can compete with the likes of Algieri, be confident and comfortable in there with those top ten fighters. I not only love fighting but love fighting for the north east and, with Newcastle being the biggest and best city in the region then next year it’ll be big fights and big names.”

From Matchroom Media – Anthony Leaver

Saunders’ bow under Hearn comes on a huge night of boxing in Merseyside as Bellew and Cleverly meet in their long-awaited rematch,with Scott Quigg and Jamie McDonnell defending their World titles against Hidenori Othake and Walberto Ramos respectively.

James DeGale meets Marco Antonio Periban while two of his British Super Middleweight peers are in action as George Groves meets Denis Douglin and Callum Smith tackles Nikole Sjekloca in a WBC World title eliminator. Heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua MBE defends his WBC International title against Michael Sprott in a British title eliminator while German KO sensation Vincent Feigenbutz makes his UK debut and promoter Eddie Hearn is set to add another name to the bill soon.

Cleverly v Bellew II is exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office on 22 November with George Groves, Anthony Joshua MBE, James DeGale MBE and more also on the bill.


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