SAUNDERS TO RETURN AFTER 21 MONTHS

Bradley Saunders (12-1) is set to return to the ring after 21 months. He lost surprisingly to French fighter RenaldGarrido (14-11-1).

The Beijing 2008 Olympian is expected back in the fold when he fights in Newcastle on June 23.

Saunders injured his hands in his only defeat but after a successful surgery, the WBO Intercontinental champion would make a reappearance on stage. Back in 2015, he was disqualified by the umpire Steve Gray for an intentional head butt on Garrido. He injured himself and was taken straight into emergency surgery.

He has been injury plagued in recent years. in just his fifth pro fight, he had to be operated on after his eight round clash with Irish fighter Peter McDonagh in 2012. Recurring injury has made him a familiar face to hand specialist Mike Hayton.

Bradley came out of the surgery better, going on to claim six out of seven stoppage winds. He won the WBO title in 2014 after defeating Ville Plispanen. He was with Frank Warren then but he has moved on to Matchroom. He injured his wrist in 2015 while targeting a Commonwealth title of Dave ‘Rocky’ Ryan.

After that was the fight against the Frenchman while still eyeing the Commonwealth title. The fight in June is crucial to the hopes of the 31-year old County Durham star. A lot was expected from him but after all he’s faced, many would be looking out for that potential that shone brightly before.

He is working with Peter Sims in Hainault and fighting hard to avoid “any regrets.”

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