Bradley Saunders ready for Royal bout

Bradley Saunders (left) in action with Jason Nesbitt at York Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Friday February 10, 2012. See PA story BOXING London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Bradley Saunders (left) in action with Jason Nesbitt at York Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Friday February 10, 2012. See PA story BOXING London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
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BRADLEY Saunders is gearing up for his second capital test – and he “can’t wait”.

The former World Amateur Championship bronze medallist will box an, as yet, unnamed opponent over six rounds in London on Saturday, April 28.

Saunders kicked off what promises to be successful professional career by stopping Jason Nesbitt in a stunning debut at the York Hall in February.

And now he swaps the east for west end a week on Saturday when his manager, Frank Warren, brings boxing back to the Royal Albert Hall.

It was an iconic venue in the 1980s when the likes of Frank Bruno, Dave Boy Green, Lloyd Honeyghan, Charlie Magri and Tony Sibson starred on bills televised on BBC1’s Sportsnight.

Our very own George Feeney clinched the British lightweight title at the arena in 1982’s fight of the year when he stopped Ray Cattouse in the 14th round.

Now Saunders is looking forward to following some of the golden greats.

“I’ve only heard of the place, I’ve never seen it,” Saunders told SportMail.

“I’ve been told about the special nights it had and I hope this one will be just that for me. I can’t wait.

“Nathan Cleverly is defending his WBO light-heavyweight world title as the top of the bill and it’s great to be boxing among that company.”

Cleverly’s date with Robin Krasniqi is the headline act but Saunders is eager to showcase his talent on the support cast.

The 25-year-old, from Sedgefield, said: “I’ve been looking forward to getting back in the ring ever since I beat Jason Nesbitt.

“I do believe I can go all the way to the top just like I did in the amateurs and I’d like to get there as quickly as possible.

“It went great on my debut but there is more to come.”

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