Dennis Hobson is confident Darlington’s Stuart Hall will soon be a two-time world champion.
Hall takes on unbeaten Randy Caballero (pictured below) in Monte Carlo this Saturday (October 25) for the vacant IBF world bantamweight championship, in an attempt to reclaim the belt he lost to Paul Butler in June.
With the fight screened live on Channel 5, Hall and American Caballero should make for great viewing. Both fighters punch hard – Caballero has KO’d 13 of 21 opponents – and neither man will need to go looking for the other.
After outbidding huge stateside promoters Golden Boy to stage the contest, Sheffield’s Hobson is convinced that Hall will repay his faith and do the business in the ring.
“It’s so close to fight-night, and I think it’s so close as a contest,” explained Dennis. “It’s a genuine 50-50 fight. I think initially people thought Caballero was a bit special because he’s a Golden Boy fighter, but they can’t think that much about him because I outbid them in the purse bids!
“I think he’s still got to prove himself, and once he does that then they’ll start to market him. But he’s still got to prove himself against a fighter with the experience and calibre of Stuart. This fight will either make or break Caballero, and I think Stuart is capable of beating this kid and taking him to places he’s never been.
“Caballero has never been in with anyone as physically strong, as seasoned, or who hits as hard as Stuart Hall. I fancy Stuart; I think it’ll be tough, but it’s on our terms. I know he’s not fighting at home, but he is in a sense because it’s co-promoted by me. He’s got the comfort of it being in our time-zone, he’s got a new trainer, and he seems as happy as anything.
“Caballero won’t break Stuart Hall down; he’s going to be in a right war. It could be close but I think Stuart is capable of stopping him late on. Hall knows the mistakes he made against Paul Butler; he gave him too much respect, and if Stuart fought Butler again there would only be one winner. Stuart will hurt Caballero early on, make him resort to ‘Plan B’ and backtrack, before getting back his title.”