BRADLEY Saunders will have the biggest fight of his promosing professional career after being matched with Paul McCloskey in Newcastle on Saturday, March 29.
The unbeaten 28-year-old, from Sedgefield, will take on the Northern Ireland light-welterweight on the undercard of the Stuart Hall v Martin Ward IBF world title derby at the Metro Radio Arena.
Saunders has won all eight of his pro bouts, six inside the distance, but McCloskey represents a significant step up in quality.
The 34-year-old, from Dungiven, has lost only three times in 27 contests, one of those being a defeat at the hands of Amir Khan when he challenged for the WBA world title.
Organisers of the 10-round Saunders v McCloskey match hope the England v Ireland showdown will carry some sort of eliminator status, with victory for Saunders set to gain him a world rating.
Francis Warren, from Queensbury, who are assisting in the promotion of the event said: “Bradley has been wanting a fight like this for some time.
“Paul has been there, done it and mixed with the best,”