Sanders is returning to chase world glory
LOCAL boxing legend Kevin Sanders is back.
After retiring from professional boxing two years ago, the 54 yearold trainer from Orton Longueville has been lured back into the sport by a lucrative offer from a Sheffieldbased promoter.
Sanders, who achieved every honour there was going during an illustrious 30-year career, is to team up with Dennis Hobson, the Yorkshirebased promoter who worked with Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton.
Sanders has been asked to look after exciting bantamweight prospect Jamie Mcdonnell from Doncaster, who will start work with his new trainer at the Fitness Station Gym in Dogsthorpe Road early next month.
Mcdonnell is the reigning British, Commonwealth and European champion and Sanders’ job is to take him to the next level and make him a world champion.
Mcdonnell has a record of 18 wins and a draw from 21 contests and will defend his European crown in Doncaster on March 10 against Frenchman Malik Bouziane.
“Jamie is a very accomplished fighter. He’s got everything. He can box and he’s a puncher but just needs to be taught a few more things to take him up to world title level,” said Sanders.
“I’ve got to get him there and I am confident I can do it. We’ll start work together early in January, initially in Peterborough and take it from there.
“Dennis Hobson looked at loads of trainers to do the job, but at the end of the day approached me and that’s flattering.
“It all happened a couple of weeks ago when I was in Las Vegas for the World Boxing Council congress. Dennis and Jamie were there and I did a bit of work on the pads with Jamie.
“They both liked what they saw of me and I liked the look of Jamie. Dennis then made me an offer I couldn’t refuse so here I am back in business.
“I enjoyed the two-year break, but now I can’t wait to get back into it. I put on a few stones so it’ll be nice to get back in the gym and get my weight down a bit.
“I had many, many offers to return, but this one really stood out and was the only offer to tempt me to come back.
“At the moment it’s just one boxer under my wing, but who knows what will happen. I think Matt Skelton would love to fight again so that’s something else I might get into.”
Sanders took Skelton to British, Commonwealth, European and world (WBU) heavyweight title glory and was involved in 40 title fights - winning 30 of them.
Peterborough’s Gary De Roux was his first title success when he won the British featherweight crown in 1991 and soon after Sanders’ career really took off when he was hired as Nigel Benn’s trainer and guided him through four world title wins.
HOPING FOR MORE NIGHTS LIKE THIS: Kevin Sanders (far right) celebrates Matt Skelton’s Commonwealth heavyweight title win over Danny Williams.
MAKING A COMEBACK: Kevin Sanders.