Bradley Saunders 12(9)-0-0 has been forced to pull out of the scheduled Commonwealth light-welterweight title fight against champion Dave Ryan 16(3)-8-0 with a hand injury just days before the contest on April 4th.
Saunders ruptured tendons and ligaments in his right hand during training last Friday to meet Derby’s ‘Rocky’ Ryan for the crown in what would have been the biggest fight of his pro career so far.
The former Olympian flew back to Manchester yesterday to see a hand specialist and underwent surgery at midday today. The disappointed 29-year-old has wasted no time in receiving treatment on the injury with a view to getting back into training as soon as possible.
The show will still proceed as normal regardless of the cancelation as Anthony Nelson has now landed a dream shot at the Commonwealth super-flyweight strap against Jamie Wilson.
South Shields’ Nelson and Dundee’s Wilson put their unbeaten records on the line in a bid for the vacant strap previously held by Birmingham’s Kal Yafai.
Nelson saw off Terry Broadbent to claim the English title in October while it’s a huge chance for Wilson to grab the limelight and fight live on Sky Sports in just his sixth pro contest.
Heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua MBE returns to action on the card, while local favourite Jon-Lewis Dickinson challenges Stephen Simmons for the Scotsman’s WBC International Silver Cruiserweight title, and there’s a family feel on the bill with Jon-Lewis’ brother Travis in action, Bradley’s brother Jeff making his pro debut and a whole host of unbeaten local talent with unbeaten cruiserweight Simon Vallily, light-heavyweight Jordan King, plus a debut for Lewis Ritson and a second pro outing for Scotland’s Commonwealth gold medallist Charlie Flynn.
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