Stuart Hall v Randy Caballero: IBF title bout set for October 18 in Sheffield

Phil Jay 01/08/2014

WBN has been informed that the vacant IBF bantamweight title clash between ex-champion Stuart Hall and mandatory challenger Randy Caballero will take place on October 18.

Hobson Promotions advisor Asif Vali explained the early workings of the contest over the phone on Friday, which will be Briton Hall’s fourth world title fight in a row to be held in the UK.

“We are working hard to put the Stuart Hall v Randy Caballero fight together and right now the date we have is October 18,” Vali exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Hobson has confirmed the date, and although we know that the fight will be in Sheffield, we have just got to check with availability of possible venues before we can confirm.

“A press conference will be held in due course and we will be looking to bring Caballero and Golden Boy across to the UK to be in attendance for that.

“We hope to get big support up in Sheffield for Stu and there will be a great undercard with other Sheffield boxers on the bill.”

Hall, 34, is aiming to regain the title he first claimed when defeating Vusi Malinga in December, defended against Martin Ward in March, but ultimately lost to Paul Butler in a close split decision in Newcastle last June.

The Darlington fighter, who won 16 of his 21 bouts, is looking forward to competing in yet another title clash as Hall looks to become a two-time world champion against the undefeated Caballero.

“I can’t wait for this fight and I am going to prove that the title belongs with me,” said Hall.

“Last time against Butler the fight could have gone either way, so this time I will make sure I take the belt home again. Caballero hasn’t lost so he will be confident, but I know with the British support behind me I can get the job done and become world champion again.”

IBF number one Caballero holds a perfect 21-0 record since turning pro in 2010 and earned his spot by travelling to Japan to successfully overcome Kohei Oba via an eighth round TKO in April.

The 23 year-old stepped aside to allow Hall to engage in a summer battle of Britain with Butler, but now gets another chance to prove he can win away from home again and pick up the first world title of his career.

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