South Durham duo, undefeated Jeff Saunders and stablemate Billy Snaith, both appear at the Walker Dome on March 11 as Tyneside promoters Steve Wraith and Lewis Pendleton join forces.
Last year Saunders and Snaith appeared at St James’ Park as Steve Wraith took professional boxing back to the heart of Newcastle for the first time in nearly fifty years, both picking up credible victories.
At that time Snaith was under the guidance of Peter Cope Snr and Alan Temple in Hartlepool, shortly after he would sign management terms with Wraith and move to the South Durham gym where he trains alongside Saunders, Neil Hepper and Carl Wilson.
Now Snaith’s first outing under Wraith’s management will be for the British Challenge Belt over eight rounds in a regional dust-up with Mal Gates trained, Tom Whitfield early next month.
“I’m excited for what is a new challenge, a new chapter in my career,” said Snaith.
“(Peter) Cope Snr and (Alan) Temple have done a lot for me in my early career as a professional and I thank them for that, they gave me a chance and it’s much appreciated.
“I felt the time was right to move on and I know Steve is a good person and will certainly get me what I want in the fight game. I can already see improvements in my fitness being at South Durham and that’s brilliant.
“I’ve known Jeff Snr since the amateurs and, with this being closer to home, it certainly makes things easier for me, there’s also some fantastic sparring in here for me as well what with Jeff (Saunders), Carl (Wilson), Neil (Hepper), you’ve also got the amateurs here who’re a tough bunch.
“I’m looking to keep myself busy this year though and I wanted to fight both (Tom) Whitfield and (Daniel) Cope, that’s what I asked Steve for when I signed and he’s delivered.
“The three of us know that we can beat each other on any given day and that’s what makes for better fights between us.”
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Continuing his progression in the paid ranks, Sedgefield’s Jeff Saunders will be looking to progress in the same vein of form the past two years have taken, by impressing and winning whilst moving into title contention.
Opposing Frenchman Mohamed Larabi over six rounds Saunders continues to increase the pressure in the rankings as he looks to have a title-winning year.
“Last year was a very good year for me, I’m still unbeaten and got some good experience behind me with some tough fights,” added Jeff.
“I’m feeling good though, I always do but will never take anyone for granted, ever. Everyone has that punches chance in a fight but I’m confident in myself and my abilities and I’m sure it will be a good six round fight.
“As for this year, I want a title definitely and I like the sound of the English title, I’d love a shot for that at the back of this year.”
Saunders and Snaith will appear at the Steve Wraith – Lewis Pendleton show, Fortitude, alongside Basi Razaq, Kyle Redfearn, Lee Mould and more, at the Walker Activity Dome on March 11, tickets available from all fighters priced at £35.
FORTITUDE FIGHT CARD
Tom Whitfield vs. Billy Snaith 8 x 3
(British Challenge Belt)
Basi Razaq vs. Dwayne Sheldon 8 x 3
(British Challenge Belt)
Jeff Saunders vs. Mohamed Larabi 6 x 3
Lee Mould vs. Steve Backhouse
Jamie Humble vs. Luke Fash
Krisy Pilkington (debut) vs. Qasim Husain
Kyle Redfearn vs. Kysztof Golec
Darren Reay (debut) vs. Youseff Al Hamidi