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The IBF Bantamweight Championship of the World


  • Date: Saturday 7th June 2014
  • Doors Open: 5.30pm
  • Pricing: £40.00, £60.00 & £75.00


Red hot light-welterweight Bradley Saunders will challenge for his first professional title at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday 7th June.

The undefeated 28-year-old from Sedgefield, a former Beijing Olympian and 2007 Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist, faces Villi Piispenen for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental title on the undercard of Stuart Hall's IBF World Bantamweight title defence against Paul Butler.

Saunders has looked sensational since turning professional in 2012, racking up an unbeaten record of nine wins with seven knockouts.  His last four fights have ended by stoppage within five rounds and he received rave reviews after his last hard-hitting display against Mitch Prince in March.

Piispenen is his most experienced opponent to date.  The 30-year-old from Finland has won 18 out of 25 fights, with three draws and out of the four losses he's only been stopped once by Giuseppe Lauri back in 2008.  More recently he's extended European Champion Michele Di Rocco in their title fight and Britain's Lenny Daws in a European Union title bid.

However, Saunders is looking to showcase his potential again with another exciting performance to claim the title.

"I can't wait, this will be the first of many titles in my career," Enthused Saunders

"I've been building my career along nicely with my last two fights back up here and I'm over the moon that my fans will now get to see me win my first title at home,"

"I hear that Piispenen has been wanting to fight me for some time and I was supposed to fight him last time instead of Mitch Prince.  Maybe he's seen something in me that he thinks he can beat, but I'm looking forward to seeing what he's got to offer,"

"Looking at his record he's mixed in good class and has travelled around a bit so he'll be used to fighting away from home, but he's never felt the heat of my roaring fans in the north-east hotbed before and then he's got to contend with me in the ring,"

"I've had a great training in Marbella with the team and I'm looking forward to showing the results next Saturday night."

Stuart Hall defends his IBF world bantamweight title against Paul Butler at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on June 7. The undercard for the show features Bristol's Lee Haskins in an IBF world bantamweight title eliminator against Sergio Perales.

Also appearing will be Birtley's British cruiserweight champion Jon-Lewis Dickinson taking on Commonwealth ruler Ovill McKenzie; Guisborough's Josh Leather; Sedgefield's Bradley Saunders; County Durham's Thomas Patrick Ward; Doncaster's Dave Allen and Jason Cunningham; Sunderland's Jordan King; Wales' Rhys Evans, and Northumberland's Lewis Scott.

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  • Date: Saturday 7th June 2014
  • Doors Open: 5.30pm
  • £40.00, £60.00 & £75.00
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  • Doors Open: 5.15pm


    Young Fury v TBA Heavyweight Contest: 5.25pm

    Rhys Evans v Rob Sharpe Light Welterweight Contest: 5.45pm

    Thomas Patrick Ward v Micheal Ramanelesta Featherweight Contest: 6.05pm

    Dave Allen v Larry Olubamiwo Heavyweight Contest: 6.35pm

    Jason Cunningham v David Kvaratskhelia Bantamweight Contest: 7.05pm

    Jon Lewis Dickinson v Ovill McKenzie British & Commonwealth Cruiserweight Championship: 7.30pm

    Josh Leather v Tommy Carus Light Welterweight Contest: 8.30pm

    Chris Eubank Jnr v Stephan Horvath International Middleweight Contest: 9.00pm

    Jordan King v Vaidas Balciouskas International Light Heavyweight Contest: 9.40pm

    Bradley Saunders v Ville Piispanen Vacant WBO Intercontinental Light Welterweight Championship: 10.00pm

    Lewis Scott v Mariusz Biskupski Light Middleweight Contest: Floater


    Stuart Hall v Paul Butler IBF World Bantamweight Championship: TBC (not before 10.45pm)