IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall came face-to-face with challenger Paul Butler at Thursday’s ‘Rampage’ press conference in Newcastle, north east England.
Hall, from Darlington and Butler will battle it out at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena this Saturday (June 7), and both exuded confidence at the media event and insisted they would be triumphant at final bell.
“When you get a day like today, with such a big turnout, there’s nothing like a big boxing night,” explained promoter Dennis Hobson. “We’ve got a great team now and in two years’ time, you see how many champions we’ll have in our stable. And these are the kinds of fights, and nights, we want to carry on putting together.
“We’ve had so much press here today because this is a proper, proper fight. We’ve got two British kids who are competing for the top prize. We don’t win anything at football, but on the world scene this country is winning things consistently in boxing.
“Promoters inside the game should have a rethink and say ‘if we pull together’ then we’ll get more space on the back pages. Nobody can have all the pie; it’s no good for anybody, not even the person that’s got all the pie, because at some stage it will fall apart.”
At the press conference, in an unexpected announcement, Queensberry Promotions’ Francis Warren revealed that undefeated Chris Eubank Jnr had been added to the bill. The son of former multi world champion Chris Eubank, who was involved in his own British classics with Nigel Benn, is currently 15-0, with 10 KOs.
“It’s a great coup,” said Hobson. “Francis has done well to broker it and Eubank always brings some colour to proceedings. He’s a charismatic fella’ and he is one of the up and coming major talents. He’ll add something to any bill and it just shows our ambition and how much we want to achieve moving forwards. I’m looking forward to seeing how he performs.”
Stuart Hall defends his IBF world bantamweight title against Paul Butler at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7. Also appearing will be Birtley’s British cruiserweight champion Jon-Lewis Dickinson taking on Commonwealth ruler Ovill McKenzie; Guisborough’s Josh Leather; Sedgefield’s Bradley Saunders; Brighton’s Chris Eubank Jnr, County Durham’s Thomas Patrick Ward; Doncaster’s Dave Allen and Jason Cunningham; Sunderland’s Jordan King; Wales’ Rhys Evans; Northumberland’s Lewis Scott. Young Fury, brother of Tyson, will make his debut.
June 5, 2014