THE winner of Jamie McDonnell and Stuart Hall has the potential to go on and become a world star, according to promoter Frank Maloney.
Maloney promotes both of the bantamweights and was brave enough to put them in together for a winner takes all clash.
Whoever is victorious in the Sky televised duel at Doncaster Dome tomorrow will have one eye on moving onto the world scene and if the winner is McDonnell, Maloney believes he’s on the brink of stardom.
He told The Star: “This would be Jamie’s third defence of the European title and after two more defences he’d be looking like a mandatory for a world title. It’s not going to happen overnight but whoever wins this could go on to become a big star.
“This is going to be the biggest fight in Yorkshire since Paul Ingle fought Billy Hardy. It’s rare occasion when all three belts are up for grabs and it’s a fantastic way to kick off the new boxing season.”
South Londoner Maloney is one of the biggest names in boxing promoting within the UK and famously helped Lennox Lewis to become undisputed heavyweight world champion.
More recently Maloney took Rendall Munroe to fight for a world title in Japan, where the Nottingham man came up short against the talented Toshiaki Nishioka.
Maloney has the contacts and world pedigree to take the winner to the very top but insists the loser won’t be abandoned.
“Depending on how bad the defeat is, the loser can certainly come again,” he insisted. “Their career won’t be over.
“It’s always a great atmosphere (in Doncaster) and I’m expecting it to be a really great night.”
Brampton’s Josh Wale is off the bill after his brother was stabbed last week. Sheffield’s Liam Cameron will look to get back to winning ways against Londoner Costas Osben.