Exclusive: Promoter Dennis Hobson reveals ambitious plans for 20 live shows on FreeSports in 2019

Jacob Kilbride 08/02/2018

Sheffield promoter Dennis Hobson has revealed that he plans to host twenty shows a year in 2019, with all of these being shown exclusively on FreeSports.

Hobson continued his partnership with FreeSports last Friday as the free-to-air channel broadcasted the main event and chief support for the Josh Wale vs Bobby Jenkinson card at the Sheffield Ponds Forge Arena.

The veteran promoter believes that having television backing for his small-hall events provides a fantastic opportunity for his fighters and has plans to expand the coverage by next year.

“TV gives us another dimension,” Hobson exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Whenever you’re looking to sign a fighter, they’ll ask you ‘have you got any television?’ We have got television backing now and I believe it’s just going to grow.

“It’s free-to-air and available to everybody. You don’t need Sky TV to get it, you can get it on any platform.”

“The fighters have got the platform to get on live television and to show their skills. It’s a chance to get some sponsorship, build their brand and build their careers.”

“We’re really pleased with how it’s going and we’re going to be having meetings with FreeSports. I’m hoping to have at least 10 or 12 shows this year.

“Hopefully, next year we can double that. 20 shows, at least, for next year. Whether I’m the sole promoter or co-promoting with somebody else.”

There were two title fights on the recent Wale vs Jenkinson bill, with Wale making the second defence of his British bantamweight title after ninth-round stoppage and Brad Watson winning the vacant English super flyweight title after a final round technical knockout over Loua Nassa.

Wale and Watson have multiple defeats on their record and Hobson believes that losses do not mean an end to a fighter’s career and that often they can prove stronger following a loss.

“The old cliché is true, you learn from your defeats,” Hobson continued. “Josh and Brad are better fighters from their defeats.”

“I’ve had it with Clinton Wood, Stuart Hall, Jamie McDonnell. Jamie came to me after two losses at domestic level and we won a world title together.”

“As long as the fighter has got the appetite for it, then they will learn from their defeats.”

Looking ahead, the promoter revealed the date for Liam Cameron’s first Commonwealth middleweight title defence as well as the next move for newly crowned English champion Watson.

“We’re doing a show on April 27th, that’ll feature Liam Cameron defending his Commonwealth title, that’ll be at the Ponds Forges Arena in Sheffield,” added Hobson.

“We’re looking at trying to do something in Guernsey with Brad this year. It’ll be a bit of a home-coming after the history he’s made in winning an English title.

“He’s a superstar over there and we need to capitalise on that.”

Jacob Kilbride is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @jacob_kilbride