After a successful twelve months manager Steve Wraith and undefeated super lightweight Jeff Saunders are to part company with the stars next step to be announced over the coming days.
July 2016 would see Tynesider Wraith pull off one of the biggest coups in professional boxing when landing the signature of the hottest property about. At the time Saunders was undefeated in seven, including a trip to South Africa, Wraith having promoted the star on three occasions whilst also witnessing ‘that’ stoppage win over Istvan Kiss after just 15 seconds at the Manchester Arena.
Since signing with Wraith, the fighter won a further four contests, the last via stoppage on home soil in Sedgefield and included being on the first show at St James’ in nearly fifty years.
Speaking of the decision to part ways Steve said: “The agreement from day one was that it was a one year management contract in order to help through to the next level.
“We’ve sat and talked at length about it and feel that the time is right for him to move on and he goes with my blessing.
“Over the past few years I’ve been fortunate enough to promote both Bradley and Jeff and with that brought a solid grounding and reputation within the boxing fraternity.
“The relationship with the Saunders family will continue though as my some of my fighters are trained by Jeff Snr over at South Durham.”
Fighters like Jeff, as with elder brother Bradley beforehand, are hot property in the fight game so whoever snaps up the fighter, who is undefeated in eleven contests with six stoppages, has a goldmine at their disposal, and surely title successes in the immediate future with both English and British on the 22-year-old’s radar over the next twelve months.
Wraith added: “Whoever Jeff decides to sign with I’m sure it will be the right decision.
“He knows what he’s looking for going forward and I’m looking forward to seeing his next fight later on in the year.”
Although Saunders, following in the footsteps of Billy Snaith, has left the Wraith camp the Tyneside-based manager still has Neil Hepper, Carl Wilson and Mark Downing whilst adding Chrissy Wood (pending BBBofC approval), from the County Durham/Teesside area, on his books ensuring there is a bright future ahead either way.