Promoter Dennis Hobson is targeting a return to Newcastle after hosting a successful show last Saturday.
The Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle hosted Stuart Hall’s first defence of his IBF Bantamweight world title, ending in disappointing fashion after an accidental head clash cut the fight short after two rounds.
Dubbed ‘Clash of the Clans’, this was the first ever all-North East world title clash, with Darlington’s Hall taking on County Durham’s Martin Ward.
Despite the main event being cut short, plenty of others prospects lit up the arena. Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Bradley Saunders stopped Mitch Prince in four brutal rounds, while local cruiserweight Jon-Lewis Dickinson halted Neil Dawson to win his Lord Lonsdale belt outright.
Others to feature included the unbeaten Frankie Gavin and local lightweight Kirk Goodings.
Fans responded to the bumper bill by turning out in their droves, with Hobson reporting around 5,000 were in attendance.
In a post-fight press conference where both fighters were understandably downbeat, the promoter expressed his desire to return soon.
“It’s great up here. The people are very positive and passionate about the sport. I can’t wait to put something together again up here.
“I think he [Stuart Hall] can be a superstar up here in the North East and they should savour it while he’s here.
“We want to keep coming back here. It’s a fantastic place, it’s been starved of big-time boxing but they’ve got a hero now.”
Hall is now mandated to fight the winner of American Randy Caballero and Japanese Kohei Oba, a bout that takes place in Japan this coming Friday.
The IBF has stipulated that fight must happen on or before June 21, which Hobson is worried might clash with another large sporting event.
“If we pass the first week of June, we have got the World Cup to be thinking about and the IBF aren’t bothered about the World Cup.
“We’ll have to talk to the IBF and there may be some negotiating to be done.”
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