Bradley Saunders: Hand operation could have saved career

Bradley Saunders
Saunders won silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games

Bradley Saunders says surgery on his hand may have saved his boxing career.

The 29-year-old from Sedgefield was forced to

He instead had an operation to repair ruptured tendons and ligaments in his right hand.

"I tried sparring this week and I just couldn't. I had an x-ray and the doctor said 'if you don't get this operated on you'll be lucky to box again after this next fight,'" Saunders told BBC Tees.

"I'm looking to have a long, successful career and I'm confident it'll just be this one fight that it sets me back by."

Since turning professional, super-lightweight Saunders has won all 12 of his fights, beating Stephane Benito in Hull earlier this month to maintain his perfect record.

"After every fight, I have six weeks off," Saunders explained.

"I've never actually been 100% as a pro. I've been having to get pain-killing injections in my hands before every fight so I'm excited to see how much better I'll be when I'm back."

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