County Durham duo ready for Fight Night



Duo ready to roll in Dunston

Unbeaten duo Jeff Saunders and Steve Cooper are ready to put their respective unbeaten records to the test when they appear at Friday Fight Night in Dunson on May 1.

Darlington pugilist, Cooper, who has won both his outings on a Relentless Promotions stage , returns to the fray for the third time and will be taking a step up, a gamble, when he opposes Tyneside’s Sam Best in an intriguing Tyne-Tees derby.

Saunders meanwhile is coming straight off the back of an explosive debut in front of a near 7,000 crowd at the Metro Radio Arena and, having taken care of Sandor Racz in just 140 seconds he wants more.

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(Darlington’s Steve Cooper, above, and Sedgefield’s Jeff Saunders, below, are ready to roll at Dunston’s Lancastrian Suite for Friday Fight Night on May 1)


Cooper’s offerings to date have both traversed the four rounds distance making this Tyne-Tees derby intriguing reading.

“Best is obviously looking a big, strong lad but I’m an all-rounder and can take whatever is thrown at me,” said Cooper.

“I do think he will come racing out of the blocks at 100mph but I’m really fit, can counterpunch well and continually improving in what is becoming a home from home for me.”

Shaping up to be a battle of wits on the Relentless Promotions undercard the derby will take things to the next level.

Both fighters (Cooper and Best) have a good following and, with Jeff Saunders headlining the Lancastrian Suite bill, there’ll be some noise on the night.

“Tyneside is definitely starting to feel like home for me even if it would be nice to get something on in Darlington,” Cooper continued.

“I’ve got a decent following and I’m enjoying seeing that increase as I progress.”

Best on the other hand is adamant he can add to his own impressive debut win, dismissing Haidar Sadik in just 77 seconds at Rainton Meadows. He added: “I don’t want journeymen and someone like Cooper is on my wavelength anyway.”

“This will be two undefeated fighters in a 50/50 fight and if that KO comes again I will take it, but my zero is going absolutely nowhere. If I have to go four rounds though, or even twelve, I can stand and do that.”

Saunders meanwhile, a victor on home soil at the 2013 ABA Championships, is chomping at the bit to make his second professional outing. Now, having signed a contract to become the first Young Athlete/Fighter Sponsorship Programme recipient at Hartlepool’s Muscleworld HQ, the 21-year-old has all the tools in place to become the best.

“It is important for me to get back into ring quickly,” said Saunders.

“I need to be able to find my feet and get at least three rounds under my belt as well as plenty of fights. I need those rounds for my own good, for my career.

“What people like Ian Glass (at Muscleworld) are doing is important and I can’t think him enough, my body is improving constantly and I can see it doing so weekly.”

Muscleworld’s Ian Glass, who has worked with Michael Hunter and Josh Leather and now both Bradley and Jeff Saunders knows what it takes to produce a champion, an athlete. Starting with their nutrition and strength and conditioning he can put those tools in place to progress with belief.

“We are looking at Jeff being a shining example and showing other athletes how things should be done,” Glass began.

“People are unaware of how easy something like this is and can be, they just need to have faith and know what they are doing with the management of their respective lifestyles. Look at Mayweather, at Pacquiao, at the Klitschko’s, they’re the best at what they do because of things like this.

“With Jeff we are training now as though we already there, already at the top of the sport and we are going to be doing things right now. He wants to go in there and shine from day one so he will be training and eating that way.

“Jeff believes in his abilities and we know he has the ability to be something really special.”


Promoters Steve Wraith and Danny Cox (above with Eddie Hearn), will be putting on a tenth show on May 1 added: “This is a quality show and we’ve worked really hard to get Jeff on it.

“Our relationship with Eddie (Hearn) is really good though and it was a no-brainer,” said Steve.

“I’d like to thank Phil Jeffries for putting Sam Best on and his derby with Steven Cooper adds to the ongoing excitement and new feel there is about north-east boxing and all the 50-50 fights that are on.

“Cooper has been a great servant over my past few shows and I feel this has the potential to be the fight of the night and be up there with a Dixon-Mould or a McClumpha-Buchanan.”

Tickets for the Relentless Promotions, in association with Fighting Chance Promotions, Friday Fight Night show, at the Lancastrian Suite, Dunston on May 1 are available from all fighters on the bill and direct from or calling 0191 2299632 starting at £35 standard.




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Posted on 29/04/2015, in Boxing, Wraith Promotions and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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