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Stuart Hall (16-3-2, 7KOs) is adamant that he will “smash Randy Caballero (21-0, 13KOs) to bits” on Saturday night to complete a true underdog story by claiming the IBF Bantamweight belt for a second time.
When you think of British world champions; names like Carl Froch, Chris Eubank, Ricky Hatton and Naseem Hamed come to mind. Hall is one of the names that often go under the radar in terms of receiving plaudits from the general public, and he deserves credit as he aims to become a two time world champion.
Hall doesn’t do things conventionally, when he outpointed Vusi Malinga in an all action affair at the age of 34, he was crowned the oldest British fighter to win a world title at the first attempt. The Darlington boxer has overcome more hurdles than most do in their lifetime, fighting back from a five year drink and drug fuelled binge in Ibiza to put his life back on track.
“Stuey” can act as inspiration for fighters all across Britain, bouncing back from losses to domestic rivals to reach the dizzy heights of world honours. Hall lost his much coveted IBF Bantamweight belt in June, losing on a controversial split decision to the supremely talented Paul Butler.
After losing to Butler, many questioned whether Hall would have the same fire to continue at the highest level in the sport. As Butler moved down in weight and vacated the IBF strap, Hall’s promoters delivered the spark which would ignite the Darlington boxer’s flame – a shot at the vacant IBF title against upcoming challenger Randy Caballero.
Hall may be challenging for a very familiar title, but new territory will be crossed on Saturday as the world title clash takes place in Monte Carlo Casino: an odd place for a boxer from Darlington to end up.
Unbeaten opponent Caballero will provide a stern test for Hall, and in terms of foreign travels will take confidence out of his last outing, where he earned his mandatory position in Japan by dispatching of Kohei Oba within eight rounds.
After the turbulent life he has experienced, Hall is assured that nothing will get in his way of making another bit of history. In a search to get the credit he fully deserves.
“I’m very confident. I’m going to go in there and smash him to bits in the first round and give him the shock of his life. And I know I can do that for 12 rounds,
“I’m more than confident I’ll beat him; I’m not reading anything into Randy Caballero. He’s human with two arms and two legs, just like me. I couldn’t care less about his record, I’m a warrior and I’ll show everyone that,
“Randy Caballero thinks he’s in for an easy night but after the first round he’ll know he’s in for a hard night,” Hall stated when speaking to North East Fight Scene.