BRADLEY Saunders has been handed another big assignment - just days after landing his first pro title.
The Sedgefield light-welterweight will box an, as yet, unnamed opponent as a the support bout to big heavyweight rematch between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury in Manchester next month.
Promoter Frank Warren was ringside in Newcastle on Saturday when he saw Saunders knock out Ville Piispanen to clinch the vacant WBO inter-continental championship.
Warren told SportMail afterwards that he would guarantee a world title challenge for the 28-year-old “If he keeps doing what he did there”.
Clearly, the promoter is looking to keep the ball rolling by booking the former Olympian to appear at the Phones 4 U Arena on Saturday, July 26.
Saunders said: “I want big fights and big shows and they don’t come bigger than the Chisora-Fury re-match.
“I’m doing stuff to opponents that other fighters aren’t – I’m knocking out good, durable fighters who people expect to go the distance.
“I know it’s not easy to get a world title shot just like that, so it’s up to me to keep winning and keep performing at the level I’m at now.”
Chisora v Fury has the makings of another colossal all-British showdown, following on from the Carl Froch win over George Groves.
The pair will battle it out for the vacant British title and Chisora’s European belt.
But the main prize for the winner will be a challenge against Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight crowns.