Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Billy Joe Saunders to make first defence of title...

Saunders after winning the title at the Royal Albert Hall. (April 28th).
On the 1st June 2012, Billy Joe Saunders will make the first defence of his Commonwealth middleweight title against former light-middleweight champion Bradley Pryce. The fight is set to take place at the best small hall in Britain, York Hall in Bethnal Green.

In his last outing Saunders blitzed through his opponent Tony Hill with a barrage of non-stop heavy punches and stopped him in just 30 seconds. This was the main event of the show, on boxing's return to the Royal Albert Hall. This fantastic performance on such a big stage has made him confident that he has what it takes to compete with the best and go far in his career.

Welshman Bradley Pryce.
"I made a big impact with my performance against Tony Hill at the Royal Albert Hall and I'm ready to be in action again so soon and this time headlining London's other famous fight hall - the York Hall." said the 22-year old from Hatfield.

"I had a first round stoppage against Tommy Tolan before Hill as well and I'm not expecting Pryce to go as quick, but with the way I'm punching at the moment who knows?... He's a hard fight and he's had over twice as many fights as me against a lot of top men in Britain around the weight so this is without a doubt my toughest fight yet."

Saunders' promoter Frank Warren also believes that this will be a tougher test for his young fighter: "Billy surprised everyone with his speed and power and how quick he stopped Tony Hill last time out, even me. Pryce is very tough and has some good wins on his record so Billy will have to be on the ball against him."

The undercard will also feature a lot of young talented prospects. The two confirmed so far are Liverpool super-featherweight Stephen Smith and unbeaten super-middleweight Frank Buglioni.

Tickets are available for £40 or £60 from Frank Warren's promotion box (01992 550 888) or from It looks like it's going to be a great night of boxing. Well, it always is at the York Hall, and with the likes of Buglioni and Saunders there with there army of fans it will be a cracking atmosphere.

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