Stuart Hall has the opportunity to establish himself on the world scene, when he appears on the undercard of Jamie McDonnell’s world title challenge against Julio Ceja at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium on May 11.
In a tough test, Stuart will take on American, Sergio Perales, for the IBF inter-continental bantamweight title and, after a scheduled defence of his Commonwealth title fell through in March, Hall is delighted at the opportunity.
“It was unbelievable when that fight got called off,” stated the 33-year-old. “It was an eight-week camp down the drain, so I was devastated.
“Fighting on this world title bill is going to be brilliant though. It’s the fight and what I’m fighting for that will be the main thing, and I’m over the moon that all that hard work at the gym hasn’t been wasted now.”
Big-punching Perales, 25, will bring with him an impressive record when he climbs through the ropes for his first fight in Europe; having lost just once in 23 fights and with 14 KO victories. Ranked highly by the IBF, ‘Stuey’ knows the Texan southpaw is a tough ask, but the Darlington man is spurred on by the challenge.
“He’s ranked number five by the IBF, so it’s a fight I want,” said Stuart, the former British champion. “I’m moving forwards not backwards, and I’m absolutely champing at the bit and can’t wait for it. There’s not much footage of him on the internet but his record speaks for itself. It’s going to be a really tough fight, and I need to make sure I’m on top of my game.
“He’s going to be a good southpaw but as long as I get my preparation right then I’ll be OK. I don’t want to read too much into it [Perales’ record] but as long as I get myself right, on a big occasion like this, then I think I’ll come through and do a job on him.
“It will definitely be an exciting fight. I’m going to take it to him, and he’s had a few stoppages, so it’s going to be tough but I think I’ll rise to the occasion for this one. I’ve gained a lot of experience in my two losses and I’m in a really good place mentally and physically.”