Boxer Bradley Saunders to fight on Eddie Hearn’s big Stephen Smith IBF show in Liverpool

Bradley Saunders and promoter Eddie Hearn
Bradley Saunders and promoter Eddie Hearn

Bradley Saunders will make his ring return on September 19 in Liverpool.

The unbeaten light-welterweight has not boxed since having surgery on a hand problem which caused him to pull out of a headline appearance at the Metro Radio Arena in April.

Saunders had been due to top the bill in the big event in April in a crack at Dave Ryan’s Commonwealth title after damaging his right hand.

The 29-year-old has come through the op successfully and will now fight at Liverpool Olympia in four weeks.

In the absence of Saunders, Ryan made a successful defence of his Commonwealth belt by stopping John Wayne Hibbert in nine rounds in London in May and still remains his top target.

The Sedgefield sensation will be appearing on a show topped by Liverpool star Stephen Smith.

Smith will face Devis Boschiero in a final eliminator for the IBF world super-featherweight title.

He is chasing a world title shot against IBF king Jose Pedraza and will need to be at his best against the Italian, the former European champion who was edged out in a WBC World title challenge in Japan in 2011 via a controversial split decision against Takahiro Ao.

Scotty Cardle provides the chief support with a first defence of his British lightweight title and faces a stiff test against tough Welshman and former British super-feather champion Gary Buckland.