Bradley Saunders is ready to revive his boxing career and he’s promising to “give it a go”.
The 30-year-old has not boxed since damaging both hands and his reputation in a disqualification defeat to Renald Garrido in Liverpool last September.
I don’t want to be sat bitter as an old man saying ‘I could have done this or thatBradley Saunders
But the physical and mental pain of his first professional loss was nothing compared to what was to follow.
The exciting Sedgefield fighter was arrested and bailed on blackmail charges, along with two other Hartlepool men, Daniel Weegram and Robert Darby.
It resulted in Saunders having his boxing licence suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control.
However, after those charges were dropped and the three were found not guilty, the light-welterweight plans to regain his licence and box again in the early autumn.
“When people were asking me on Twitter and Facebook when I was boxing again I had to tell fibs and say ‘my hands are not right’,” he told SportMail.
“But the reality was I had this daft thing, these false allegations, hanging over my head.
“The truth is out there now after this was thrown out and I’d like to thank my legal team.
“It’s been an absolute joke from the start and thankfully justice has now been done.
“But this has cost me months out when I could have been fighting.
“My hands are better now and my head is sorted out so I’m looking forward to fighting again.”
Saunders has been troubled for some time with the ‘tools’ of his trade - the tools which have beaten 12 of his 13 opponents, nine via stoppage.
The former Gus Robinson Developments star has had several operations on both hands and admits he could be on borrowed time.
“I’m going to have a crack,” said Saunders. “If they [the hands] go then they go, at least I’ve tried, haven’t I?
“I don’t want to be sat bitter as an old man saying ‘I could have done this or that’.
“I will get in there and give it a go.”
Saunders’ last appearance ended in the ignominy of a DQ on his record.
After both hands broke against Garrido at the Liverpool Olympia, he took his frustration out on the Frenchman, headbutting the 33-year-old and being thrown out by referee Steve Gray.
Saunders though is in fine physical condition, having worked out at the Gus Robinson gym with trainer, Tony Cope.
He could be back within six to eight weeks though where he’ll fight is open to debate.
Bradley’s contract with Matchroom has expired though SportMail understands he could still box on Eddie Hearn’s shows.
He joined the stable in November 2014 after a successful association with Queensberry with Frank Warren taking him to IBF title contention.