JEFF SAUNDERS MAKES IT TWO KO’S IN TWO FIGHTS IN DUNSTON

Jeff Saunders (1-0, 1 KO) showed that he is not in the professional ranks to waste time as he blasted out Ivailo Boyanov (0-0-1) in the first round at the Lancastarian Suite, Dunston.

The Sedgefield boxer’s stock is rapidly rising, as he marked his professional debut last month with an explosive knockout victory over Hungary’s Sandor Racz.

Saunders made it two stoppages out of two by measuring his opponent up from the opening bell, before unleashing a flurry of body punches that sent his Bulgarian opponent crashing to the canvas.

Boyanov tried to get to his feet, but was left wincing in pain before failing to make the referee’s ten count.

The Gateshead crowd erupted for their man, and Saunders makes no mistake that he is a man in a hurry.

He said: “I don’t waste any time, if I can get them out early I’ll do so. No one gets paid extra to do overtime in boxing.

I knew when I landed a good shot on him that he didn’t want to be there. I’ve been raring to get back in the ring, so I went and had a burst at him and it all paid off.”

Saunders is clearly impressing the right people, as he is set to feature on Matchroom’s July 18 show in Manchester.

“I’ve spoke to Eddie Hearn and it looks like I will be on the undercard of that show. I can’t wait for another big opportunity on Sky Sports.

I need regular fights to keep me ticking and keep me ready. It’s only a matter of time until I prove to everyone what I can do.”

Sam Best (1-0, 1 KO) continued his successful transition from the white-collar boxing scene to the professional ranks by outpointing Steve Cooper (2-0, 0 KOs)

The light heavyweight contest was the first fight of the night on the Relentless Promotions card, and Best made an impression by coming out on top in the Tyne-Tees derby.

Best, 23, started the stronger of the two in the opening exchanges, as he won the battle of the jabs and consistently looked to land the right hand.

In round two, Cooper, who hails from Darlington, started to up the tempo as he forced Best onto the ropes and landed a number of swinging flurries in the process.

The momentum shifted back in Best’s favour in the third, as he caused Cooper’s feet to wobble after landing a left hook followed by a right hand.

With the pace of the fight taking its toll, the final round proved to be a scrappy affair which involved a number of clinches. Best landed the most accurate punch of the round when he slipped Cooper’s jab and landed a direct counter in return. The Newcastle man’s effort was enough to take a 39-37 points decision victory on the referee’s scorecard.

Lewis Scott (5-1, 4 KOs) failed to return to winning ways by falling to a narrow points decision loss against Simone Lucas (7-25-4, 1 KO)

The loss will prove a massive blow to the Fighting Chance stable, as Scott was hoping to comeback from last November’s stoppage loss against Rhys Pagan, where he was stopped in the fourth round after dislocating his shoulder.

The contest started tentatively and despite little ammunition being fired either way, Scott navigated past Lucas’ awkward defence by landing crisp, sharp body punches.

Lucas proved his worth in the second, as he landed combinations and a strong right hook caused Scott to hesitate with his front foot approach.

Scott began to find his feet in the fourth, as he backed Lucas into the corner and landed a jab, right hand to keep the Burundi boxer at bay.

The light middleweight contest came to a close with both boxers trying to stamp their authority on the fight, and what resulted was Lucas coming out of his defensive shell and putting pressure on the Newbiggin boxer.

In a tough, learning fight, Scott lost 58-57 on the referee’s scorecard and will be looking to reignite his career in the near future after suffering a second successive defeat.

Basi Razaq’s (3-0-1, 3 KOs) scheduled fight against Danny Little (3-7-1, OKOs) was pulled from the bill at the last minute due to both boxers coming in overweight.