Saunders and Joshua headline huge Newcastle show

Bradley faces Ryan for Commonwealth title and AJ debuts in North East

Bradley Saunders and Anthony Joshua will headline a huge show at the Metro Radio Arena as Matchroom bring live Sky Sports boxing to Newcastle on April 4.

Saunders will take on Dave Ryan for the Commonwealth Light Welterweight title, while Joshua will be fighting in his 12th pro fight after facing former World title challenger Kevin Johnson for the WBC International Heavyweight title in London next month.

Ryan upset the odds when he won the Commonwealth belt against Tyrone Nurse in October, taking a majority decision in Leeds, while Saunders has become one of the hottest prospects in British boxing as he has stormed his way to 11-0 with eight knockouts, and has his sights set on continuing his rapid rise onto the World stage in 2015.

Olympic gold medallist Joshua is also anticipating a huge year, and successful outings in London and Newcastle should lead him towards a huge domestic clash.

A stacked undercard features a host of local stars. Birtley’s Dickinson brothers are both in action, with former British Cruiserweight title holder Jon-Lewis up against Scotland’s WBC International champion Stephen Simmons and younger brother Travis defending his English Light Heavyweight title.

South Shields’ Anthony Nelson rematches Terry Broadbent having won the vacant English Super Flyweight title against the Yorkshireman in October with 2010 Commonwealth Games Heavyweight gold medallist Simon Vallily and Scottish Commonwealth gold-winning Lightweight Charlie Flynn also in action.

Mayweather, the man who cried Arum

floyd5By Victor Candelario: There are no more excuses for the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight not happening. It is not Manny’s fault, it is not Arum’s fault, it is not the money’s fault, nor is it the drug testings fault.

The only person left to blame is Floyd “Money” Mayweather (47-0 26 KO’s) and its sad because as a fan of boxing I firmly believe Floyd wins a decision should they meet. But at this point in time I’m sick and tired of Floyd fan boys coming to his defense simply because it has become obvious Floyd is a coward. How can he not fight his Joe Frazier? His Roberto Duran and still be considered great when his career is over?

I’ll tell you what I think, he’s waiting, he’s waiting till Pacquiao (57-5 38 KO’s) is an ancient relic as he did when he fought Sugar Shane Mosley. Floyd is waiting for when Manny’s hands aren’t as dangerous, or as quick as they are now, even if they’ve already slowed down as opposed to 5 years ago. Floyd points fingers at Arum every single time the fight doesn’t work out.

Does nobody else find that the slightest bit suspect? Does it not make some of you laugh inside because at this point we all expect Mayweather to simply use arum as a scapegoat to avoid this fight?

Mayweather is getting the biggest payday of his career, in a fight that will shatter every boxing gross revenue record. He’s getting the money he’s asked for, he has control over the glove size (expect him to make Manny use bigger gloves with more padding), the ring size, who walks out first, where the fight takes place, and even drug testing. Arum and Manny have given Floyd everything he’s asked for and then some for Floyd to tell all boxing fans Arum is getting in the way.

Has it not become clear that Floyd is simply looking for any excuse to stop this fight from occurring? And when all other excuses fail (Money, Drug testing, Manny, Glove size, Ring Size, Venue) and no longer work, Mayweather simply blames Arum and for some strange reason everybody believes him. At this point if you believe this guy, you’re kidding yourself. Even if you’re a Floyd fan, you’re simply in denial that your favorite fighter is ducking the other best fighter of this generation. Floyd has become the boy who cried wolf, or should I say the boy who cried Arum, we don’t believe you Floyd.

Glasgow 2014: Boxers Josh Taylor and Charlie Flynn triumph with golden performances for rampant Team Scotland

SCOTLAND’S boxers left The Hydro thunderstruck last night after punching their way to a glorious double that took our haul of gold at the Games to a record-breaking 19.

Charlie Flynn and Josh Taylor produced the fights of their lives within minutes of each other to send the 12,000-capacity arena into raptures.  And tears followed the cheers as both men struggled to keep their emotions in check as Flower of Scotland echoed around the venue.  Lightweight Flynn, 20, received his medal from boxing legend Dick McTaggart and admitted holding it together was just as tough as winning his fight on points against Northern Irishman Joe Fitzpatrick.

The Newarthill fighter said: “It’s unbelievable. Even looking at the gold medal round my neck, I still can’t believe it.  “It hasn’t dawned on me yet – I just can’t take it in.  “Dick McTaggart is the man. He is Scottish boxing and was the first one to do everything in Scottish boxing. He is one of the best boxers who has ever lived and for him to present my medal is unbelievable.

“I was very emotional. I nearly started greetin’ but managed to hold it together. I’m a big tough boxer, I had to!

Scotland’s Charlie Flynn wins Gold defeating Joseph Fitzpatrick

“I had my head on his shoulder and I was just telling him I have all the respect in the world for him.”

Part-timer Flynn works in the Royal Mail’s sorting office in Wishaw and after the fight he said: “The mail man delivers once again!

“Commonwealth champion? I’m not used to hearing that! It will take 10 times for it to sink in.”  Flynn also admitted he was blown away by the passion of the crowd at The Hydro, He added: “The crowd were unbelievable. The noise just built up and every time you land a punch you hear the thunderstorm building up. It’s the only way I can describe it – a big thunderstorm building up slowly into a big roar.”

Prestonpans light-welterweight Taylor, who was favourite to beat Namibia’s Junias Jonas, handled the weight of expectation superbly.  But the 23-year-old couldn’t hold back the tears as he received the gold medal that followed the silver he won in Delhi four years ago. Taylor admitted: “I almost couldn’t sing it because of my emotions. I couldn’t hold it together.

“I tried to sing the national anthem word-for-word but I could only sing it in bits because I would have broken down completely with tears, happiness and emotion.

“My body feels numb. I just can’t believe it. Those were tears of joy and not tears of disappointment this time, thank God. It was a thousand times better than I expected it to be. I imagined it would be amazing with everybody singing but that was just surreal.

“I couldn’t hold myself together but it was brilliant.”  Scotland also landed a bronze in the badminton mixed doubles as the total medal tally smashed through the half-century mark to 52.

Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair saw their hopes of winning gold ruthlessly crushed by England’s Chris and Gabby Adcock yesterday morning at the Emirates Arena.  But they rallied for the third-place play-off and beat Malaysian duo Peng Soon Chan and Lai Pei Jing 21-17 21-11 to land a medal.  Another gong is guaranteed in badminton today as Kirsty Gilmour beat Tee Jing Yi 21-13 21-19 in the singles semi to set up a showdown for gold with Canada’s Michelle Yi