Light-welterweight Bradley Saunders wants to do more than just 'exist'

Unbeaten light-welterweight Bradley Saunders is keen to move his career on, but is being frustrated by rivals he thinks are "running scared"

Boxer Bradley Saunders, who is fighting at Gateshead Leisure Centre
Boxer Bradley Saunders, who is fighting at Gateshead Leisure Centre

Bradley Saunders believes British boxing is running scared as he tries to do more than just “exist” as a professional boxer.

The unbeaten Sedgefield light-welterweight will look to improve his growing reputation with victory over Mitch Prince at Newcastle Arena tomorrow.

But while the former Olympian feels ready to take a step-up in class, finding an opponent is difficult.

“There’s no point in me getting experience against fighters I’m just going to walk all over, but I think 80% or 90% of the potential fighters in Britain now are running scared of me,” he commented.

“Curtis Woodhouse admitted he’s not going to fight me, and he’s the British champion. He said on Twitter I was the best 140lb fighter in Britain, which was nice of him.

“(Saunders’ original opponent tomorrow Paul) McCloskey’s pulled out, and I’m sure there’s no injury there. Willie Lemon wouldn’t take it for the Commonwealth, so what do I do? I’m a light welterweight, but I think I’ve knocked two middleweights out (in sparring) in the last two weeks.

“I’m finding it hard to find light welterweights who are capable of standing with me.

“Hopefully, I’ll be the mandatory challenger for the British title soon, but that’s not guaranteed because people are keeping away from me.

“I don’t want to exist – I want to be someone. I don’t want to just be hovering around the division.”

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