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Billy Joe Saunders will defend his Commonwealth Middleweight title against Australian rival Jarrod Fletcher at Wembley Arena on Friday 14th September.

The fight will be televised on BoxNation.

It will be an explosive battle to see whose ‘0’ goes with Saunders and Fletcher both holding undefeated records.


Dereck Chisora presents the cheque

Following his side-bet with Dave Haye prior to their heavyweight title fight at West Ham United, Dereck Chisora  presented a cheque of £20,000 to the founders of David Haye’s charity of choice, the ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) in Central London.

The donation will go towards supporting the ACLT’s lifesaving work through spreading awareness and increasing the number of ethnic minorities on the UK bone marrow, blood and organ donation registries through national recruitment drives.

CHAS Symonds is prepared to face Bradley Skeete if the price is right – and says he can stop the promising welterweight inside eight rounds.

Having captured the southern area belt for a second time in April, Symonds has become a target for the Frank Warren-promoted fighter.

But 29-year-old Symonds, who is set to make only one defence of his championship against Vinny Woolford on July 6, insists he’ll only match up against unbeaten prospect Skeete if a bigger title and a decent pay day is on offer.

“If Frank Warren and (Skeete’s manager) Dean Powell make it and the money is right – and the title’s right – let’s do it,” said Symonds (17-5).

“Good luck to Skeete, he’s a good fighter and a nice guy, but I think I’ve got his number. I’d stop him within eight rounds.

“But I’m not really looking at him, he’s looking at me. Let’s be honest, everyone is looking at someone higher than them.

“I met Al Smith, Skeete’s trainer, yesterday at an England v Scotland amateur show and we talked about a possible WBO Intercontinental title fight. It would have to be a big fight for me to consider it.”

If Symonds-Skeete does not happen, the “Croydon Bomber” has plenty of other options to consider including a drop to light-welterweight.

First he must overcome Woolford (6-5) and, having turned full-time thanks to a sponsor, he insists a more fun-filled past life has been ditched at the expense of total devotion to the sport.

“Vinny is a good little fighter, he comes forward and I’m not going to take him lightly. He’s definitely better than my last opponent, Darryl Still,” said Symonds, who claimed his southern area title against Still.

“I didn’t even get out of first gear against Still. He wasn’t going to come to fight, he can’t fight, and he wouldn’t come forward.

“He assumed that I was going to sit on his chest and throw punches. His sparring partner told me that so I knew what to do.

“What I do next is really important because I’ve got two to three years left in me and I’ve learned to leave the women and the booze alone.

“I have matured now, I love the game. I don’t cheat myself, I don’t go out. I know it’s my last chance.

“Before, I was the life and soul of the party – but now my friends have settled down and have had kids, and boxing is all I get up for.”

Skeete targets September title date

Bradley Skeete.

BRADLEY Skeete has pencilled in a September title showdown against southern area welterweight champion Chas Symonds.

Skeete was in outstanding form at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, dispatching Ross Payne via knockout after just 117 seconds.

Now, the Penge boxer wants to claim his maiden title in just a ninth pro outing.

“Frank Warren (Skeete‘s promoter) spoke to me after my win and said he was impressed with how relaxed I was, how I was taking my time,” Skeete told LincBoxing.

“I’ve had a few good wins recently, fighting on BoxNation, and it looks like I will be calling it a day for fights over the summer.

“I’ll be in the gym and sparring, and maybe I’ll take a little bit of a rest – this was a long camp because the first fight card was cancelled – but I won’t take much. I’ll come back and fighting for a title will be perfect.

“Against Payne, I wasn’t looking for the knockout, but I was patient and I used my speed. After that, it was ‘goodnight’ for my opponent.

“I am glad I got him out of there, because a lot of people will notice me now. It was a good win – just what I needed.”

Frank Warren Promotions fuelled speculation today that a much talked about Kevin Mitchell v Ricky Burns bout would take place this summer.

A press conference is due to be held on Tuesday at West Ham’s Upton Park ground – Mitchell is a passionate Hammers fan – where it’s expected details of the fight are to be announced.

Mitchell, who has fought just once since a landmark victory against John Murray last July, has for some time targeted a meeting with WBO lightweight champion Burns.

It is likely that the fight will be held in July.

Commonwealth champion Liam Walsh has conceded: “Scratching my head and arse could cost me a world title fight.”

Cromer’s likeable super-featherweight has not fought since a successful title defence against Paul Appleby in September – which many critics labelled the domestic fight of the year – and is desperate to put his hours upon hours in the gym to maximum use in the ring.

However, the Frank Warren fighter, who is one of Britain’s hottest prospects after claiming 12 victories from his opening 12 professional bouts, has been waiting on his next contest.

“I am going through a really frustrating time,” said Walsh. “I am 25 years of age and I need to be fighting as often as I can. At the moment I’m fighting every six months if I’m lucky.

“I have dreams of going on to become a European and one day world champion, but sitting around scratching my head and arse could cost me that.”

Walsh catapulted himself into the limelight after convincingly defeating Maxwell Awuku for what was a vacant commonwealth crown in October, 2010 – a coveted title he has since successfully defended twice against tough opponents.

“I took that Commonwealth title fight on three weeks’ notice,” continued Walsh. “I make sure I’m always in perfect shape for opportunities like that.

“You never know when a chance is going to come your way and I probably surprised a few by doing what I did.

“I need regular fights, even if they’re just eight-rounders. I need to keep busy otherwise my career could stagnate.

“I have a lot to offer and I want to be the best I can be.”

Walsh, who has a stunning 75 per cent knockout ratio, also hopes to seal a dream fight in his home county of Norfolk.

“I have a decent fan base and I would love to fight just down the road in Norwich,” he added. “I know I could sell tickets and that’s how money is made. Of course it’s not all about money but when you’re a professional it is still important. It’s only when you get to the very top when you start making real money in this sport.”