BRADLEY Saunders is ready to unleash all his power when he goes into a North-East ring for the first time as a professional.
Saunders makes his eighth pro appearance at Gateshead Leisure Centre when he fights Hungary’s Gyorgy Mizsei.
It’s his third fight since having pioneering surgery on the left hand he broke when he smashed a left hook into the head of Peter McDonagh 12 months ago.
Saunders had a bone graft from his hip to fuse his hand together and it has worked well since coming back, recording two wins, both inside the distance.
And the 27-year-old, from Sedgefield, insists he will not even contemplate holding back in a bid to protect one of his best weapons.
“I won’t and I never will,” said the Frank Warren-managed fighter.
“I’d rather not box than fight that way.
“If I’m going into a ring I’m going in to fight and punch hard.
“There’s no point me going out pitter-patter, I’m not that sort of fighter.
“When people come to the Gateshead Leisure Centre they will be watching the true Bradley Saunders.”
The former World Championship bronze medallist says his left hand feels “brilliant”.
He added: “The hand I had my operation on has never felt better.
“I’d have a fight with a car.
“If I have any problems with my hands now, it’ll be the other one, it wouldn’t be my left.
“The hand is brilliant as people will see on Friday.”
Saunders was speaking to SportMail after a media conference at the Grosvenor Casino in Newcastle to preview the big fight night.
He will start as the red-hot favourite tomorrow night, even though his 20-year-old opponent has arrived on Tyneside with an impressive record of 16 wins in 23 outings, including 10 inside the distance.
“Mizsei comes here with a winning mentallity and that’s good for me,” said Saunders, who is sponsored by Hartlepool cable contactors CBL, who are also backing tomorrow’s event.
“It’s not a one-horse race – he’s here to win and that will bring the best out of me.”
Saunders heads an impressive card at the Gateshead Leisure Centre, which includes unbeaten Hartlepool fighters Simon Vallily and Callum Winton plus Neil Fannan crowd pleaser and Northern Area king, Gary Fox .
In total there are nine bouts on the show – including other North East undefeated prospects – put on by Newcastle promoter Steve Wraith, in association with Francis Warren, the son of Frank.
“It’s great to be able to put on a show of this magnitude,” said Wraith.
“To have Bradley, Simon and Josh Leather from the Warren stable boxing here is a massive thing to me.
“I can’t thank the Warren family enough.”