With 164 wins in 183 fights, over 12 national titles, plus a World Bronze; Commonwealth Silver; and European Gold medals, the Beijing 2008 Olympian is probably one of the most successful and decorated amateurs from Britain.
In just his fifth fight in the professional ranks, Saunders took on three-weight Irish champion Peter McDonagh, beating him widely on points. Every opponent he faced from thereon was a winning fighter, picking up the WBO Inter-Continental title in his 10th fight.
After switching from Frank Warren to Eddie Hearn, Saunders was preparing for a big Commonwealth title fight with then-champion Dave Ryan but suffered a loss when trying to fight on with two broken hands in a tune-up fight with French champion Renald Garrido.
Major corrective surgery on both hands followed and Saunders has since been on a long-term rehabilitation with his future in boxing uncertain.
However, the hugely talented welterweight is now back where he belongs, fighting back in Newcastle in front of his army of fans.