Jeff Saunders follows in boxing footsteps of Bradley Saunders after ABA win

ON THE ATTACK: Boxing star Jeff Saunders (Red) on his way to victory over London's Sam McNess in the ABA final

ON THE ATTACK: Boxing star Jeff Saunders (Red) on his way to victory over London's Sam McNess in the ABA final

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JEFF Saunders added his name to the history books by joining famous brother Bradley as an ABA champion.

The 21-year-old from Sedgefield, representing the Army, was a unanimous points winner in the U67 kilo final at Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday.

Bradley, now an unbeaten pro in the Gus Robinson Developments gym in Hartlepool, cheered his sibling and former South Durham ABC team-mate to victory at the Rainton Meadows Arena.

But hopes of a South Durham ABC double were dashed as Peterlee puncher Declan Fusco was beaten in a tight U91 kilo final.

Saunders found his range quickly and dominated the contest throughout against Londoner Sam McNess, from the successful Repton club.

He was precise in his work and accurate with his shots to win the most prestigious award on the amateur scene.

“I have gone through this tournament proving to people that I am the best,” said Saunders.

“I am over the moon. The best feeling you can have is winning something and I have done that.

“I moved well, I punched well and I won well.”

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