Bradley Saunders

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Bradley Saunders
Statistics
Rated at Light welterweight
Welterweight
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Nationality British
Born (1986-02-04) 4 February 1986 (age 31)[1]
Stockton on Tees,
County Durham,
England[1]
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 13
Wins 12
Wins by KO 9
Losses 1
Draws 0
No contests 0

Bradley Saunders (born 4 February 1986) is a British professional boxer. As an amateur he won a silver medal in the light welterweight division at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, gold at the 2009 EU Championships and bronze at the 2007 World Championships.

Amateur career[edit]

Saunders won the British championships in 2006 whilst representing South Durham ABC.[citation needed]. He qualified for the 2007 World championships held in Chicago and won a bronze medal defeating the likes of local favourite Javier Molina(24:12) and Frenchman Alexis Vastine in order to join compatriots Frankie Gavin and bantam Joe Murray on the medal podiums and, in doing so, qualifying for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

In the Olympic tournament Saunders' first round victory was followed with defeat in the second round to former victim Alexis Vastine.[2] Following the tournament Saunders made the decision to stay amateur whilst a number of his Team GB colleagues made the move to the professional boxing ranks.

In June 2009 Saunders returned to the ring to compete in the European Union championships held in Odense, winning gold and beating a fellow former World Championship bronze medallist Gyula Kate of Hungary along the way.[3][4]

Just prior to the 2009 World Championships due to be held in Milan, Saunders broke his left thumb in a training bout. A potential winner of gold at the event Saunders reflected on the injury by saying "I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason...I'm going to focus totally on 2012. Maybe then I'll look back and be glad this all happened".[5]

World Amateur Championships[edit]

  • Defeated Boris Katalinic (Croatia) 23-12
  • Defeated Gumersindo Carrasco (Argentina) RSCO
  • Defeated Javier Molina (United States) 24-12
  • Defeated Alexis Vastine (France) 30-13
  • Lost to Gennady Kovalev (Russia) 8-16

Commonwealth Games 2010[edit]

  • Defeated Anthony Taylor (New Zealand)
  • Defeated Yves Ulysse (Canada) in the quarters
  • Defeated Louis Colin of (Mauritius) in a close scoring semifinal 10-7
  • Lost to Manoj Kumar of (India) in the final 2-11

Olympic Games[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Saunders signed his first professional contract with Frank Warren and made his professional Boxing debut on 10 February 2012 against Jason Nesbitt scoring a TKO victory in the 3rd round.

Professional boxing record[edit]

13 fights, 12 wins (9 knockouts), 1 losses (1 disqualification)[6]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 12–1 France Renald Garrido DQ 6 (8), 2:53 2015-09-19 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, Merseyside
Win 12–0 France Stephane Benito TKO 5 (6), 2:50 2015-03-07 United Kingdom Hull Arena, Hull, Yorkshire
Win 11–0 Latvia Ivans Levickis PTS 6 2014-11-22 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside
Win 10–0 Finland Ville Piispanen KO 1 (10), 1:21 2014-06-07 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight title.
Win 9–0 United Kingdom Mitch Prince TKO 4 (10), 1:10 2014-03-29 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Win 8–0 Hungary Gyorgy Mizsei Jr TKO 4 (8), 1:00 2013-11-22 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Gateshead, United Kingdom
Win 7–0 United Kingdom Gareth Heard TKO 4 (8), 2:54 2013-10-07 United Kingdom Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, United Kingdom
Win 6–0 Republic of Ireland Michael Kelly TKO 5 (6), 0:41 2013-07-20 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Peter McDonagh PTS 8 2012-11-30 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 4–0 Slovakia Ivan Godor TKO 3 (6), 1:25 2012-09-22 United Kingdom Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Win 3–0 United Kingdom Kevin McCauley UD 6 2012-07-14 United Kingdom Upton Park, London, United Kingdom
Win 2–0 Bulgaria Danny Dontchev RTD 1 (6), 3:00 2012-04-28 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom
Win 1–0 United Kingdom Jason Nesbitt TKO 3 (6), 2:57 2012-02-10 United Kingdom York Hall, London, United Kingdom Professional debut.

Personal life[edit]

On 25 November 2008 Saunders was questioned by police on suspicion of dealing cocaine after a police sniffer dog found what was alleged to be £12000 worth of the drug in his back garden.[7] The charges were dropped against the boxer in April 2009 when the police decided not to proceed with the case.[8]

References[edit]

The Independent | Saunders leads rout of Hungary

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