With Tony Jeffries retirement comes a renewed pressure on Darlington’s Stuart Hall, who is one of the few boxers in the North-East fighting at a strong domestic level.
Hall takes on Josh Wale for the vacant Commonwealth bantamweight title in his hometown at the Dolphin Centre this Friday, 16th November.
The Darlington bantamweight lost out on a European title for the second time in his career when he lost to Lee Haskins in July.
The 32-year old wasn’t happy with his performance against the Bristolian but a win over Adrian Fusezi in September has put Hall back on the right track.
“I didn’t turn up at all,” Hall told Boxing News. “I had a proper bad night at the office.
“It wasn’t because he was awkward; I really just didn’t turn up and blew my chance.
“I let Haskins win the fight and didn’t do anything for the first four or five rounds. I don’t know what happened.”
Following the disappointing loss in July, the 32-year old bantamweight has made a number of significant changes in his training regime.
“I’ve cut going to Leeds [for training] as much and I’ve got myself a strength and conditioning coach, and the difference is unbelievable,” said Hall.
“I’ve just sparred 10 rounds with Josh Warrington; he’s 22, super fit and strong; two weights above me, and it was brilliant sparring.”
Hall has only been in the professional game for four years but in that time ‘Stuey’ has won the British title, defended it successfully three times and also fought for European honours twice, along with a solitary tilt at the Commonwealth title.
He is one of the more successful boxers to have graced the North-East in recent years and his uncharacteristic performance against Haskins still bugs him.
“It might have been a bit of a mental thing,” he suggests. “I just didn’t turn up and got out of the ring full of regrets.
“I think I needed something like that though because if I’d have scraped through and won it I wouldn’t have changed anything, and you’ve got to move with the times.”
Hall will hope to put the disappointing loss behind him as he seeks to challenge for European honours again soon, a challenge which begins this Friday against Josh Wale.