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Bradley Saunders defeats Michael Kelly

Bradley Saunders made a stunning return to boxing with a fifth-round stoppage of tough Irishman Michael Kelly at Wembley. The Hartlepool-trained fighter had the Irish veteran down in the first round with a body-rippling left hook and proceeded to dominate with referee Bob Williams calling a halt to the one-sided contest just 41 seconds into the penultimate round.

Saunders had been out for seven months after major hand surgery but showed no loss of fitness, confidence or ringcraft as he controlled the pace from the opening bell to inflict a sixth straight defeat on the Irishman’s record.

Saunders continued to look for that left hook to the body that troubled Kelly so often but also used his jab very well. The overall performance was very slick, composed, aggressive and powerful.
The former amateur EU champion and world bronze medallist from Sedgefield was joined in the ring following the victory by X Factor winner James Arthur, a big fan of the North East boxing star.
The Christmas number one artist was a special guest of Saunders and showed his support on the night.

Steve Collins, Bradley Saunders, James Arthur

In the post-fight interview the 2008 Olympian described the win as “a step forward in my career.”

He also took the time to remind everyone “I’m a light welterweight. People keep forgetting that. I’ll look at some good fights in that division first.”

He aims to be fighting for a title by 2014 and hopes promoter Frank Warren can organise future shows in the North East.

Four of Saunders’ six pro fights have now been won by knockout. His power clearly a problem for whoever is placed in front of him.

Saunders V Kelly 2013
In the main event at Wembley Arena, Dereck Chisora controversially stopped American Malik Scott in six rounds as he was bizarrely counted out. The previously unbeaten 32 year old from Philadelphia did not complain about the decision like his corner did and was gracious in defeat.

TKO Gym’s Billy Joe Saunders triumphed over WBO champion Gary O’Sullivan taking his title and handing the Celtic Rebel his first loss in the pro ranks.

Billy Joe’s gym mates Frank Buglioni and Billy Morgan also won their fights making it a highly successful night for the Canning Town gym.

Wise Guy Buglioni was taken past 8 rounds for the first time in his career by tough last minute opponent Kirill Psonko. The 27 year old Lithuanian was a game challenger and caught the unbeaten 24 year old from Enfield with some good shots. However, Buglioni took the points decision 79-74 and remains unbeaten with an impressive 66% KO ratio.

Young Billy Morgan continued his respectable theme of winning every professional round to date but a nasty clash of heads caused a bad cut over the eye of the unbeaten star and resulted in over 20 stitches from the medical staff.

Chingford’s Tom Baker stopped his opponent Dean Walker midway through the second after Walker was forced to take knee after a big shot from Baker. This was the 21 year olds first KO of his career and his fifth straight win.

In a super featherweight contest, Islington’s Joey Taylor defeated difficult Pavel Senkovs with the 25 year old prospect coming through as eventual points winner 40-37.

Bradley Super Skeete once again brought a big following along to witness yet another win taking his tally to 12 – 0 – 0. The BBBofC Southern Area Welterweight champion was busier throughout by throwing lots of shots and using his rangy jab to control the fight. After 6 solid rounds from Skeete he came out as clear winner on points 60-54.

In a 4×2 minute rounds cruiserweight contest Steve Collins Jnr, the son of legendary middleweight Steve Collins, took on Paul Morris. Starting off like a freight train and throwing lots of shots at Morris, the muscle-bound Celtic warrior came through as points winner.

Dimitry Chudinov and Patrick Mendy had to share the honours in a draw in the fight that preluded Bradley Saunders return to the ring.

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INTERNATIONAL BOXING FEDERATION AFRICA (IBF/AFRICA) – TUESDAY 23 JULY, 2013, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – He pretend to be falling down mid game and if the opponent is not careful, this is it, as he would be lured into his dragonet and catch massive fires. This play game has made him as the most talked about and loved to watch boxer Ghana has ever had for years.

Emmanuel Tagoe better known as “Game Boy” is the perfect product of IBF/Africa who is now shaping up to face the Puerto Rican Robert Robles in their forthcoming rumble in August 6, 2013. Tagoe is fun to watch in the ring and those familiar with his fighting pattern knows of a man who cherishes boxing with deep passion.

Emmanuel Tagoe with his many title belts with IBF belt shining right standing with the great footballer Asamoa Gyan (right)

As he battled Gerardo Robles at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California on August 9, 2013 one thing will be in his mind and that is the new environment that he has entered into, the American lucrative boxing market. To Emmanuel Tagoe, the US is the Mecca of boxing as he had always dreamed of fighting there. He is well prepared, come rain, come sun he would prevail, God willing!

In 2011, Emmanuel Tagoe battled Oscar Bravo from Argentina to claim the IBF I/C Featherweight Title and prevailed after humiliating Bravo’s Samba Dance in round 8. Together with another Ghanaian Joshua Okine, the duo managed marshal the path for IBF titles in Ghana by emulating their compatriots before them.

Tagoe’s matriculated rise in professional boxing owe it to his great support from various boxing stakeholders one who cannot be forgotten is GoldenMike Boxing Promotion Syndicate and Golden Concept the company owned and managed by Henry Manly-Spain and Michael Tetteh. The company promoted and managed Tagoe to various titles before he joined BabyJet Promotions in the present promotional setting.

Emmanuel Tagoe is the perfect product of IBF/Africa’s program to elevate African boxers by guiding them through IBF rating system. He is aggressive boxer with major dreams for greater heights in his boxing career.

Now that the US boxing industry is about to witness and enjoy the “Game Boy” at play, Tagoe will be putting all his cards on the table for the major promoters and tv networks to see.

Whatever the case, Tagoe has made it to the lucrative US boxing market and it us up to him to showcase his boxing skills while “Playing his skillful Games in the Ring”

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