Super Saunders on cloud nine

The referee steps in to stop the fight.'Bradley Saunders (black shorts) against Mitch Prince at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle.

The referee steps in to stop the fight.'Bradley Saunders (black shorts) against Mitch Prince at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle.

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COUNTY Durham light-welterweight Bradley Saunders’ clash against Scottish boxer Mitch Prince proved to be an all-action fight on Saturday night, writes GRAEME ANDERSON.

But former Olympian Saunders was clearly the better boxer in a concussive contest which ended after two knockdowns in the fourth round – the Sedgefield man mproving his unbeaten professional record to nine wins, seven inside the distance.

Prince had to take a standing count in the first round as Saunders piled on the pressure and almost punched his opponent through the ropes and out of the ring at one stage.

Prince showed resilience in the second round but a series of lefts followed by a clubbing right from Saunders tested him in the third.

And in the fourth round it was all over with the referee stopping the contest one minute 11 seconds in, after Saunders had his man down twice.

A cracking punch floored Prince less than 30 seconds into the round and then a flurry of blows left Prince on his knees and the referee 100 per cent correct in deciding further punishment was unnecessary for the Cumbernauld man.