Saunders retains Commonwealth strap

Billy Joe Saunders retained his Commonwealth middleweight title on Friday night, maintaining his unbeaten record with a points victory over Bradley Pryce at Bethnal Green's York Hall.

It was an impressive maiden defence of the title Saunders won by blasting Tony Hill out in one round in April, and the Hatfield traveler claimed a very lop-sided unanimous verdict after 12 rounds.

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Saunders: ‘I’ll retire if Pryce beats me’

Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders says he will retire if Bradley Pryce beats him tomorrow night at the York Hall, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 456, Virgin 546).

The unbeaten Hatfield traveler defends his title for the first time against the dangerous Welshman who has promised to pull off a massive shock at the home of London boxing.

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Pryce: ‘I’ve never seen Saunders but I’ll still KO him’

Welsh puncher Bradley Pryce hasn't seen Billy Joe Saunders fight before, but still believes he will knock out the young unbeaten star this Friday at the York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Pryce challenges for Saunders' Commonwealth middleweight title, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 456, Virgin 546), and believes he will pull off another big upset along the lines of his scalping of previously unbeaten Anthony Small for the Commonwealth title in 2007.

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Saunders makes first Commonwealth defence against Pryce

Traveler star Billy Joe Saunders will make the first defence of his Commonwealth middleweight title against Bradley Pryce at the York Hall on June 1, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 456, Virgin 546).

Heavy-handed Saunders blew away Tony Hill in only 30 seconds earlier this month at the Royal Albert Hall in the first fight to be held at the London landmark in 13 years.

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Debut BoxAcademy show postponed due to O’Meara withdrawal

Queensberry Promotions have been forced to postpone their debut BoxAcademy show after main event fighter Steve O’Meara pulled out of his fight with Bradley Pryce due to illness.

O’Meara was scheduled to top the bill against veteran Welshman Pryce but withdrew with breathing problems leaving the Warren sons no option but to postpone Thursday night’s show at the Troxy in east London.

Queensberry Promotions said in statement:

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Steve O’Meara: The Dark Horse

When Steve O’Meara climbs into the ring at the Troxy in London’s East End on Thursday night not only will he be tussling with ring veteran Bradley Pryce but he’ll also be jostling for space in the crowded market of public attention.

BoxAcademy event moved due to injury

Due to Tony Conquest and Michael Walsh both being unfit to box, the first instalment of Queensberry Promotions’ new concept of show, BoxAcademy, has been moved to May 3 at the Troxy, in East London.

With both Conquest and Walsh unable to box until later in the year, the bill for the first BoxAcademy show will instead feature light-middleweight prospect and reigning Southern Area champion Steve O’Meara, in a 10 round contest with former Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce.

Ringside Round-Up: Maccarinelli controversy

Enzo Maccarinelli clambered off the canvas twice to win the British cruiserweight title with a unanimous points victory over Shane McPhilbin at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton on Friday night.

But the bout was laced with controversy from the start when the timekeeper wrongly called an end to the first round with 47 seconds still left on the clock and the Welshman still reeling from an early knockdown.

Rees: ‘I could fight Murray or Mitchell for world title’

Gavin Rees says his dream of becoming a two-weight world champion will begin with victory against Irishman Andy Murray in their June 4 fight for the vacant European lightweight title in Cardiff.

The Newbridge fighter takes on Cavan’s Murray live on Sky Sports on the same night Carl Froch faces Glen Johnson in Atlantic City, and the former WBA champ says he’s gunning for a world title fight with the likes of fellow contenders John Murray and Kevin Mitchell.

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Calzaghe backs Cleverly to win world title

Joe Calzaghe has tipped Nathan Cleverly to win the WBO light-heavyweight title next weekend when he meets German Juergen Braehmer.

Cleverly sparred countless of rounds with Calzaghe as a young prospect in Enzo Calzaghe’s Newbridge gym and even fought on the undercard of Joe’s big fight nights six times.

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