Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Saunders: I Just Want a Last Chance; Bradley Knows Time Is Not on His Side as He Makes a Comeback Bid

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Saunders: I Just Want a Last Chance; Bradley Knows Time Is Not on His Side as He Makes a Comeback Bid

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Byline: Craig Johns

BRADLEY Saunders knows it is last-chance saloon for his boxing career as he prepares for a comeback after hand injuries recently cost him his unbeaten record. The Sedgefield boxer, an amateur star who competed at the 2008 Olympics and won a Commonwealth silver medal, is back in the gym and hoping new specially-made gloves can help him fulfil his goals in the professional side of the sport.

The 30-year-old looked well on the way to achieving those goals too, fighting under British boxing supremo Eddie Hearn and going undefeated in 12 contests.

However, disaster struck for Saunders last September during his bout with Frenchman Renald Garrido.

With both of his hands injured, a defenceless Saunders was disquali-fied by a headbutt - losing his unbeaten streak in the process.

Saunders, with new gel-filled gloves, is hoping for one more 'crack of the whip' to prove his quality in the paid ranks.

He said: "You can't play tennis without a racket or golf without a club and the same goes with boxing and your hands.

"My hands are even more important because I've always been a banger.

"It's horrible and very frustrating.

In my last fight one went in the second round and other went in the third and after that I was in no-man's land.

"It is what is what it is. I'm not going to cry over spilled milk.

"I'm very proud of what I achieved as an amateur.

"I do hope these new gloves work just so I can fulfil myself.

"I am fulfilled with what I've achieved but as a professional I'm not. I know if it wasn't for my hand I could go all the way.

"I'd just like that fair crack at the whip, one more go. If these gloves work I'll show everyone what I'm capable of."

Saunders had 130 amateur bouts and only lost 16 before turning professional, signing his first contract with Frank Warren before moving to Matchroom.

Saunders is now hoping to bring big-time boxing back to the North East and he was so close to doing so. …

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