New boxing coach for title hopeful Bradley Saunders

HARD AT WORK: Bradley Saunders (right) pictured working with Peter Cope at the Gus Robinson Developments gym.

HARD AT WORK: Bradley Saunders (right) pictured working with Peter Cope at the Gus Robinson Developments gym.

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BRADLEY Saunders is spearheading his quest for boxing titles in Hartlepool.

The gifted fighter, unbeaten in four professional contests, will be coached by Peter Cope.

Saunders, managed by top British British boxing figure Frank Warren, will also work with Birmingham-based coach Ronnie Brown.

But the 26-year-old from Sedgefield, told SportMail that the decision to pick Hartlepool and the Gus Robinson Developments gym was an easy one.

Cope had already assisted the exciting light-welterweight ahead of last month’s victory over Ivan Godor in Glasgow,

Then, Saunders was leading something of a nomadic existence after splitting from the coach who he turned pro with, Graeme Rutherford, from Birtley.

“Since Graeme stopped training me I’ve trained a lot in Scotland at the Ricky Burns camp, plus with Peter here and in Birmingham with Ronnie,” Saunders said.

“I have been working in Hartlepool since I turned pro with my strength and conditioning coach, Eddy Ellwood, and Peter is someone I know very well and is a great trainer.

“He pushes me really hard – I did 14 rounds last night – and we work well together.

“I have the best of both worlds – I have Peter here and Ronnie in Birmingham who also teaches me a lot of good stuff.

“I have two weeks here in Hartlepool then a week in Birmingham and I think that’s ideal. I have a missus and son so this arrangement suits me best.

“Peter thinks I can go all the way and says I could win the British title now.

“That gives me a lot of confidence.

“Peter has trained Nigel Wright and Alan Temple who boxed and did very well at the weight I box at so he knows what he’s doing.

“He says I’m one of the best he’s ever trained so for him to say that is great.”

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