Saunders will take on Dave Ryan for the Commonwealth Light Welterweight title, while Joshua will be fighting in his 12th pro fight after facing former World title challenger Kevin Johnson for the WBC International Heavyweight title in London next month.
Ryan upset the odds when he won the Commonwealth belt against Tyrone Nurse in October, taking a majority decision in Leeds, while Saunders has become one of the hottest prospects in British boxing as he has stormed his way to 11-0 with eight knockouts, and has his sights set on continuing his rapid rise onto the World stage in 2015.
Olympic gold medallist Joshua is also anticipating a huge year, and successful outings in London and Newcastle should lead him towards a huge domestic clash.
A stacked undercard features a host of local stars. Birtley’s Dickinson brothers are both in action, with former British Cruiserweight title holder Jon-Lewis up against Scotland’s WBC International champion Stephen Simmons and younger brother Travis defending his English Light Heavyweight title.
South Shields’ Anthony Nelson rematches Terry Broadbent having won the vacant English Super Flyweight title against the Yorkshireman in October with 2010 Commonwealth Games Heavyweight gold medallist Simon Vallily and Scottish Commonwealth gold-winning Lightweight Charlie Flynn also in action.