Bob Westerdale talks with Dennis Hobson

Dennis Hobson
Dennis Hobson
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dennis Hobson is a Sheffield businessman and fight promoter who has worked with some of the world’s leading boxers including Ricky Hatton, Roy Jones Jnr and Sheffield’s Clinton Woods.

What have you been doing today?

Today I’ve been recovering from the night before, from the dinner with 85 past and present world champions.Fantastic!

Who is your inspiration and why?

My inspiration I suppose was my Dad in the way that I wanted to be my own man and make it without any leg up. He is a big personality.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

Willie Henderson came from Rangers to Wednesday, super skilful, ball would stick to his feet, very exciting on the ball.

What’s your favourite other sport?

Football has to be my second passion, I played at quite a high level and am a huge Sheffield Wednesday fan.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Most famously well known globally would have to be Don King though most talented would have to be Roy Jones Jnr

When was the last time you cried?

I watched a programme recently on disadvantaged children which I am not too proud to say brought a tear or two.

Who or what are you most proud of?

Apart from my children it has to be my journey with Clinton Woods as we went from zero to hero resulting in him holding the IBF world light heavyweight title for three years.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

A wise man can act the fool, but a fool can never be a wise man.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

Again this has to be my journey with Clinton. We started on the bottom rung and ended up at the top of the ladder.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My mobile phone. Been stuck with one since the eighties, they’re a little smaller now and do so much more, I’d be lost without it.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

When Clinton fought Roy Jones Jnr, training hadn’t been 100 percent so was nervous and ended up having to retire him in the sixth.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I don’t really doubt myself but I regularly question myself as its part of being an entrepreneur, I often choose roads that others wouldn’t attempt to travel on.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

There are pro’s and con’s to social networks. Its a great way to instantly communicate with fans and I still love to get out there and shake some hands.

How do you relax away from sport?

I love keeping fit, working out down the gym with the lads. Healthly body, healthy mind. I also love relaxing with the family at home.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

I recently visited to the Far East which was a great trip. I enjoyed Singapore, lovely people and so very clean, I would definitely visit again.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I love to cook, in fact one of my first jobs was that of a trainee chef. I find it very relaxing too. My favourite food has to be Steak Diane.

What was the last book you read?

It was called Hurricane. About a boxer wrongly imprisoned and when released given a WBC award.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I am primarily an entrepreneur so would be working on projects in some shape or form. I would always be around sport in some way.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

In my view my story is interesting as I have taken my hobby and turned it into a business and had some exciting and life changing experiences on the way including promoting multi million pound boxing events in Las Vegas.

Favourite TV programme?

Panorama as it gives honest views on current affairs