STUART HALL’S admirable attempt to regain the IBF bantamweight title ended in failure as he was outscored by unbeaten American Randy Caballero in Monaco. The 24-year-old claimed the vacant belt after a hard-fought 12 rounder was judged unanimously in his favour; two scores of 116-111 and a tally of 118-110 handing him victory.
The Brit briefly hit the canvas in round two – a sharp straight left stealing his balance – and fought back to make the bout a pleasing spectacle. Both combatants exchanged powerful blows but the younger man’s class told in the end.
Hall was ultimately outgunned, but certainly had his moments in the thrilling showdown. However, he landed a savage blow below the belt in the fifth, and appeared in danger of being overwhelmed before staging a rally over the second half of the bout. Even then, Caballero – 10 years Hall’s junior – retained control and was a worthy winner.