Jeff Saunders will get his maiden shot at a title when he makes his first professional appearance on home soil, writes Peter Mann.
Sedgefield’s undefeated “Stone Hands” Saunders will take on Chris Truman for the British Challenge Belt at Hardwick Hall on Saturday, April 22.
The bout forms the chief support to Hartlepool star Daniel Cope’s defence of his Northern Area welterweight title against arch-rival Billy Snaith.
Saunders has reeled off 10 straight wins while Truman, from Birmingham, has 13 wins and two draws from 21 contests.
Having not appeared at Hardwick Hall, or the Sedgefield area, since his successful amateur days, the 25-year-old will look to light up the night.
“Although this is only eight rounds, it’s still a big fight for me,” said the younger brother of Bradley.
“It’s also in my own backyard, so that makes it even more special, especially for my first title fight.
“I’ve not boxed here for seven years, or something like that, so this is a great opportunity for people at home to see me as I continue to step up.
“He (Truman) has some leeway on me and certainly knows his way round a ring as well as having faced some good fighters.
“But I’ve a job to do and that’s all I’m focused on.”
Last time out, at the Walker Dome in Newcastle, Saunders took on a stern challenge from Mohamed Larabi, winning a six-round points verdict.
“I always felt in control of the fight,” said the boxer who is trained by dad, Jeff Snr, and managed by Steve Wraith, who promotes the show at the Hardwick Hall.
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