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County Durham boxer is fighting in Glasgow

County Durham boxer Bradley Saunders will be back in ring this weekend.

The 26-year-old, from Sedgefield, will take part in his fourth professional bout when he fights Slovakia's Ivan Godor at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow.

The six-round match is on the undercard of the eagerly awaited title fight between Scotland's Ricky Burns and England's Kevin Mitchell.

Since his silver medal victory win at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, Saunders has had three professional fights and is unbeaten so far.

Speaking ahead of the bout, the light-welterweight fighter said: "I can't wait. It's closer to home this time because my first three fights have been in London.

"I watched a video of him [Godor] fighting Tyrone Nurse. I think he's a 50/50 boy - knocked five out, won 16, lost 19, and drew four. So it's going to be a good test for him."

Saunders has had new shorts made for the bout in Scotland Credit: ITV

More than 17,000 spectators are expected at the SECC for on Saturday night, with around 170 travelling up from the North East. Bradley says the bout is one of the biggest of his career so far. He said: "Since I've turned professional it's just been all systems go, and I'm enjoying it a lot more now.

"I'm working my way up. My last one was on the David Haye/Chisora bill, which was 36,000 people there. To be up here, with another 17,000, that's going to put me in good stead for the other big occasions. Hopefully they'll come."

Bradley wears his son's name on his shorts Credit: ITV

Bradley Saunders' profile

  • Born: 04/02/1986
  • Hometown: Sedgefield, County Durham
  • Height: 5' 10
  • Class: Light Welterweight

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