Hobson wants world champion number 3

Happier days for Jamie McDonnell and Dennis Hobson
Happier days for Jamie McDonnell and Dennis Hobson
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Sheffield boxing promoter Dennis Hobson is aiming to take another boxer to world title immortality.

Having taken both the city’s Clinton Woods and Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell to the top, he is looking to repeat the feat after negotiating a world title shot for Darlington bantamweight Stuart Hall.

In May, Hobson secured vital home advantage for McDonnell as he became Doncaster’s first ever world champ - outpointing Mexico’s Julio Ceja at the Keepmoat for the IBF world bantamweight crown.

With that title now vacant, Hobson is hoping Hall can write himself into the record books too by beating South Africa’s Vusi Malinga at Leeds’ Arena on December 21, live on BoxNation TV.

Hobson said: “I manoeuvred Jamie into a world title fight; now there’s this dispute (McDonnell was stripped of it for failing to organise a mandatory defence - although the fighter is at odds with his former promoter of this) and I’ve managed to help Stuart get into position for the vacant, so it’s worked out quite well.

“This is the biggest opportunity any kid from Britain could have to win a world title. A vacant world title on home soil, it’s a dream come true against someone who’s tough but not Floyd Mayweather. He’s beatable, and Stuart will never have as good an opportunity.”

Hobson added: “It’s a fairytale for Stuart. It’s 50-50 but it’s on home soil and we’ve had some big names who have had to go abroad to try and win a world title and more often than not they’re in dodgy decisions.”

Asked whether Hall deserves the shot, he replied: “It’s all about timing. Stuart stuck his neck out, took an opportunity and fought one of the top 10 kids in Sergio Perales in a tough fight, and he came out on top. He lost at European level against Jamie McDonnell and Lee Haskins but learned from those losses and then goes onto the world scene to chance his luck and improves on his display. How can you knock that? How many kids want to get into world title contention by not fighting some of the elite?

“The big thing is he’s loyal and I’m happy to work with him because I know how loyal he is to his manager and trainer, Mick Marsden, and I’m sure he’ll be loyal to us as a promoter.

“The undercard is getting stronger as we speak. We’ve got Frankie Gavin as chief support. You’ve got Paul McCloskey who has been, and hopefully still is, a world class fighter, and we’ll find out in due course. Femi Fehintola will be in a final eliminator for the British super-featherweight title. There’s the ‘White Rhino’, our heavyweight [Doncaster’s Dave Allen] who we’re expecting big things from, and the fighting accountant, Lewis Taylor, who’ll be boxing an unbeaten Irish-American kid.

“It’s a 14 or 15-fight card, and it’ll be a great night’s entertainment in a great arena. I’m really looking forward to it and the main event cannot fail to be a great scrap.”