On Saturday 21st September at the Copper Box Arena in London, Frank Warren will host a big night of boxing, featuring three of his current hottest prospects. 

The undefeated Billy Joe Saunders (18-0, 10KO's) will headline the event in defence of his British and Commonwealth middleweight titles against fellow unbeaten middleweight John Ryder (15-0, 9KO's). 

Saunders is from a family of 'travellers' who live on an encampment in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. He represented Great Britain at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 before turning professional in 2009.

Saunders has made good steady progress in the paid ranks of boxing despite suffering numerous hand injuries and is defending his British middleweight title for the second time and his commonwealth middleweight title for the fifth time.

Saunders will enter the ring on Saturday night coming off the back of a dominant points victory over Irishman Gary O'Sullivan. Billy Joe boxed beautifully all night against O'Sullivan but did seem to lack the power to get his opponent out of the fight. He is only 24-years-old so maybe he can add some more punching power to his undeniable boxing skills as he matures.

John Ryder will be hoping to spring something of an upset against Saunders though and the man from Islington, London will certainly not be lacking confidence as he enters the ring undefeated and also boasts three stoppage wins from his last four bouts. 

Billy Joe Saunders will be the bookmakers' favourite in this bout and rightly so. John Ryder may be able to have some success in the fight but I have to say I expect a good performance from Saunders and he may get a late stoppage if he can just put a little more into his punches than he did against O'Sullivan.

There is some heavyweight action on the card also as Dereck "Del Boy" Chisora (17-4, 11KO's) will battle German based Kazakhstani Edmund Gerber (23-1, 14KO's) for the vacant European heavyweight title. 

Chisora has won his last two fights via KO following his high profile defeat to David Haye in 2012.

The heavyweight was infamously involved in a press conference brawl with Haye in Munich following his brave yet unsuccessful world title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in February 2012.

Although Gerber's record looks a little more impressive than that of "Del Boy", it is the man from London who will be big favourite as he has mixed at a much higher level than Gerber, who's only defeat came at the hands another Brit, Michael Sprott who it has to be said is a level or two below that of Chisora.

If Chisora can take an expected win and with it the European Heavyweight title, then he will be on course for some big fights in the future and has this week mentioned wanting revenge against either Tyson Fury, who Chisora lost on points to in 2011, or the aforementioned Haye who dominated throughout and KO'd Chisora in the fifth round.

Also on the bill is Britain's first ever amateur world champion Frankie Gavin (16-0, 12KO's). He will face off against veteran David Barnes (27-2-2, 11KO's) in defence of his British and Commonwealth welterweight titles.

Gavin, who is 27-years-old should have too much for Barnes and has this week made a few waves when asked about Amir Khan's upcoming fight with Devon Alexander.

Gavin said: "I don't see him winning that fight.

"I'd fight Amir Khan no problem - I see a lot of faults in him.

"We get on alright but it's a business not friendship - we can be friends after.

"I'd go to Bolton or anywhere. It would be a great fight and if he makes the phone call he has got it."

If Frankie Gavin is right and Khan is defeated by Alexander, then a bout between Khan and Gavin could be a possibility, but only if there are no slip up's from Frankie this weekend against Barnes who himself is a former British champion, having held the title in the light welterweight division from 2008 until 2009.

The bumper Boxing event from the Copper Box Arena can be seen live on Boxnation on Saturday 21st September from 6PM.

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