TRAINER Steffy Bull believes that Jamie McDonnell and Stuart Hall could be the early contender for fight of the year.
The bantamweight showdown for the British, Commonwealth and European titles this Saturday, kicks off the new boxing season in style at the Doncaster Dome.
In what is billed as a 50-50 fight, pundits have been split on who they think will be victorious. Bull though is confident his man can come through, but is under no illusions that it will be a tough test for the 25-year-old.
He told The Star: “It’s a massive fight domestically and a big thing for Doncaster.
“Certainly on paper it looks like it could be fight of the year. Stuart’s obviously undefeated and like Jamie, he’s a come forward exciting fighter.
“I think it says a lot about Jamie that he took this fight because he didn’t have to.”
Darlington’s Hall, at 31 is older but Jamie has more experience as a professional, having 20 fights compared with Hall’s 11.
Although Hall called out McDonnell, there’s nothing nasty about the build-up and Bull says that there is mutual respect between the pair.
“There’s no needle between the two. Jamie is a nice kid and hasn’t got a bad word to say about anybody and he respects that Stuart is a good fighter. This could definitely be his toughest fight.
“We’re all set though. Jamie has had his check weight and weighed in at eight stone ten so we’re right on schedule.
“Stuart is a good kid but I don’t think he’s got enough weapons in his armoury to trouble Jamie, even at his best. So long as Jamie turns up and sticks to what we’ve been working on, I can only see a Jamie McDonnell win.”
Opponent Hall ditched his party animal lifestyle to return to boxing in 2008. Since then he’s racked up 11 straight victories and won the British title outright earlier this year with a stoppage win over Liverpudlian John Donnelly.
The weigh in will take place at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium at 3 o’clock on Friday afternoon and it’s free entrance.