Confident Billy Joe wins opening bout in Beijing

PUBLISHED: 12:13 10 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:13 26 October 2009

Boxer Billy Joe Saunders

Boxer Billy Joe Saunders

HATFIELD boxer Billy Joe Saunders has made a successful start to his Olympic Games medal quest in Beijing.

The Team GB welterweight from Herts beat Turkey s Adem Kilicci, a bronze medallist at the 2007 World Championships, in his opening bout at the Worke

HATFIELD boxer Billy Joe Saunders has made a successful start to his Olympic Games medal quest in Beijing.

The Team GB welterweight from Herts beat Turkey's Adem Kilicci, a bronze medallist at the 2007 World Championships, in his opening bout at the Workers' Gymnasium.

Saunders, who lives on a travellers' site in Hatfield, won every round of the contest for a 14-3 victory over the Turk.

He will now face Cuban Carlos Banteaux Suarez in the last 16 of the 69kg division on Thursday, August 14.

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