Eddie Hearn backs Sedgefield boxer Jeff Saunders to be a hit at lightweight

RUTHLESS: Jeff Saunders knocks down Sandor Racz on his debut
RUTHLESS: Jeff Saunders knocks down Sandor Racz on his debut

JEFF Saunders is getting in tune for his second appearance in the pro ring – but his promoter is already predicting a big future.

Eddie Hearn is confident the Sedgefield fighter will follow brother, Bradley, on the road to stardom.

I think Jeff is going to be so exciting, he’s really heavy-handed

EDDIE HEARN

Bradley will challenge for Dave “Rocky” Ryan’s Commonwealth light-welterweight title in the Autumn, once he has recovered from hand surgery.

That means Jeff will continue to be the Saunders on the spotlight when he boxes in Gateshead next month.

The 23-year-old light-welterweight will be in action on the Friday Fight Night bill promoted by Steve Wraith at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston on May 1 against an, as-yet unnamed opponent.

Jeff announced his arrival as a pro in devastating fashion in Newcastle earlier this month by blowing away Sandor Racz in just 140 seconds of the first round.

The Hungarian was floored twice at the Metro Radio Arena by the ex-South Durham ABC star before being counted out by referee Steve Hawkins.

It was one of the performances of the night and Hearn believes the fans will lap up more from the former para. But the Matchroom boss believes the younger Saunders may have a long-term future in the division below.

“I think Jeff is going to be so exciting, he’s really heavy-handed,” Hearn told SportMail. “I don’t think he’s a light-welterweight.

“But he’s got a lot of weight to lose if he is to make 9st 9lbs at lightweight.

“Jeff is very exciting and he’s got a big future.”

Saunders is part of a five-fight show. For tickets, contact 07944695367