Boxer Bradley Saunders tunes up for Glasgow date in Hartlepool


BRADLEY Saunders has been going through the final preparations for his fourth professional appearance in Hartlepool.

The gifted 26-year-old will be boxing in Glasgow on Saturday night over six rounds on the undercard of the eagerly-awaited Battle of Britain between Scotland’s Ricky Burns and England’s Kevin Mitchell.

Saunders has spent a long stint in the Burns training camp in Glasgow but has completed his countdown in Hartlepool at the Gus Robinson Developments gym.

The unbeaten light-welterweight, from Sedgefield, is currently without a coach since Graeme Rutherford split with him earlier in the summer.

Saunders, who is managed by Britain’s top boxing figure Frank Warren, has yet to announce a new trainer but says he is happy working under Gus Robinson Developments head coach Peter Cope.

“Frank wants me to do my training away from home,” said the former South Durham ABC star who has yet to find out who his opponent will be at the Scottish Exhibition Centre..

“I’ve been up in Scotland in the Ricky Burns training camp and that could not have gone any better – I’ve had some great training up there.

“When I come home, there’s no better place to train than at the Gus gym.

“I’ve done loads in Hartlepool over the years when I was an amateur, whether it’s been at Neil Fannan’s gym or here with Peter.

“I get good training here, Peter’s got some good kids in here and there’s a great atmosphere.”

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