Dennis Hobson goes to America for Clinton Wood’s successor

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PROMOTER Dennis Hobson’s greatest sporting achievement was to help guide Clinton Woods towards a world title belt the Sheffielder went on to wear for three years.

World champions have been thin on the ground in South Yorkshire since 2008 - although the likes of Kell Brook and Jamie McDonnell may put that right one day.

However Hobson believes he has just signed a light heavyweight - Woods’ former division –- who is on the verge of reaching the sport’s pinnacle. Sadly, he’s had to go to America to get his man.

Hobson will be parading Ryan Coyne in front of the Sheffield boxing public on September 22.

The promoter’s plan is to co-manage and expand the profile of Irish-American Coyne, when he performs on this side of the water.

The 30-year-old is ranked second contender to the WBA throne, says Hobson, who believes he can exploit the southpaw’s dual heritage.

Coyne’s nickname is The Irish Outlaw and he will be strutting his stuff at Don Valley stadium in 12 days time against an as yet unnamed opponent, but one Hobson describes as a “’big punching Lithuanian.”’

Hobson came across Coyne via a third party in the US and says: “”They want me to build his reputation up, particularly in Ireland.

“It’s the first time I’ve done anything this and I’m looking forward to it. The Americans know I have a good relationship with the world bodies and I’m happy to help.

“Ryan will be on a bill of good boxers and it will be a marvellous experience for them to have him on the show.””

Fighters on the Don Valley bill will include Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor, Sheffield’s Jamies Ward and Jamie Sampson.Sheffield’s Kas Hussain and Doncaster’s Carl Spencer make pro debuts.