IN a major coup for British boxing, Yorkshire’s Dennis Hobson has beaten off the challenge from top American promoters Golden Boy to secure home advantage for Stuart Hall as he attempts to reclaim the IBF bantamweight crown.
Darlington’s Hall lost the belt in his second defence against Paul Butler in June after being on the wrong end of a split-decision verdict. However, with Butler subsequently relinquishing the title, Hall will now step straight back into the fold against top-rated American Randy Caballero after Hobson pulled off a master-stroke.
“We’ve been working really hard behind the scenes for the last six weeks,” explained Dennis, “and I’m absolutely buzzing. It’s been like a game of poker with Golden Boy, who really wanted the fight to take place in the States. But I’ve had a few cards up my sleeve and we’ve won the purse bids and secured another brilliant fight for the UK and for Stuart.