Further Personal Information
||Partner Stephanie, son Leyton
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He started boxing at the age of seven at a boxing club in Durham, England.
|Why this sport?
||His mother took him to the gym because his father used to box.
|Club / Team
||South Durham ABC: Durham, ENG
|Name of coach
||Jeff Saunders [father]
||He does four or five sessions a day, five days a week.
||Buzzing (ABAE, 16 Nov 2007)
||Shooting and fishing. (2004 Commonwealth Youth Games)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning a bronze medal in the light welterweight division at the 2007 World Championships in Chicago, United States and securing his spot at the 2008 Olympic Games. (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
|Most influential person in career
||His parents. (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
|Hero / Idol
||Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
||He has suffered many hand injuries. Surgeons have inserted two metal plates and four pins into his hand. (telegraph.co.uk, 07 Aug 2008)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Train hard, fight easy." (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
He and his partner Stephanie were arrested after a police sniffer dog allegedly found what was believed to be £12,000 of cocaine in the back garden of his home in November 2008. The charges were dropped in April 2009 after the police decided not to continue with the case. At the time of his arrest he denied any involvement in drug dealing. "There was never anything in that garden. I know nothing about any drugs." (BBC, 17 Apr 2009