Bradley Saunders continues unbeaten run

Bradley Saunders made a successful comeback from injury to extend his unbeaten start to life as a professional boxer to six fights

Nick Potts/PA Wire Bradley Saunders (left) in action with Michael Kelly
Bradley Saunders (left) in action with Michael Kelly

Bradley Saunders made a successful comeback from injury to extend his unbeaten start to life as a professional boxer to six fights.

The former amateur EU champion and world bronze medallist from Sedgefield outclassed Mike Kelly to inflict a sixth straight defeat on the Irishman at Wembley Arena.

It was Saunders’ first fight since November after suffering a recurrence of a hand injury, and his first at light-welterweight since his amateur days.

However, there were no signs of ring rust, or of feeling himself into the six-round fight, as the 27-year-old had promised beforehand.

Kelly was on the canvas in the first round after a left hook and never recovered.

Nick Potts/PA Wire Bradley Saunders (right) in action with Michael Kelly
Bradley Saunders (right) in action with Michael Kelly
 

Saunders attacked from that point on until eventually referee Bob Williams called a halt to proceedings 41 seconds into through the fifth round.

Afterwards the 2008 Olympian described the win as “a step forward in my career.”

He aims to be fighting for a title by 2014, and hopes promoter Frank Warren can organiseh im outings in Newcastle.

Four of Saunders’ six pro fights have been won by a knockout.

 

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