FRANK MALONEY has hailed the fighting spirit of British bantamweight champion Stuey Hall.
Hall (10-0-1) will capture a Lonsdale belt outright if he comes through his defence against John Donnelly (12-1) at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday (Apr 9).
A few years ago the popular Darlington fighter was living in the lager lout heaven Ibiza, doing his training in pubs and nightclubs.
But after returning out of shape he returned to boxing in April 2008 and the work paid off last June when he claimed his domestic title by shocking Ian Napa who quit after eight rounds.
In subsequent defences he stopped Martin Power and Gary Davies and promoter Maloney said: “Stuey is what boxing is all about.
“He has proved that hard work and dedication brings rewards. He should be used as a role model for any youngster who wants to change their lifestyle.”
Although fellow Maloney promoted fighters Tony Jeffries and Glenn Foot emerging in the north-east, 31-year-old Hall is the region’s only major champion.
Maloney added: “Boxing in the north-east is thriving and Stuey is the flag-bearer and a very important person in boxing’s improvement in the area.
In the chief supporting bout Manchester’s undefeated hopeful Karl Place (12-0) has an eight rounder against George Watson (8-3-2).
The talent stacked undercard features some of Britain’s best young fighters including former Malmesbury’s ABA Champion Joe Hughes (2-0) who boxes a selected opponent and Sunderland’s former amateur star Glenn Foot (3-0). He boxes Tamao Dwyer (2-1-1).
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