Date: 22nd December 2013 at 1:09pm
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At the Sports Direct Arena, in Leeds, last night, Stuart Hall claimed the IBF Bantamweight title.

In doing so, Hall became the oldest ever Briton, at the age of 33, to win a world title at the first time of asking.

Hall beat the South African fighter, Vusi Malinga, on points taking the decision on all three judges scorecards with the points tallying up as follows ? 117-110, 117-110 and 116-111.

It was an impressive performance by Hall who floored his opponent in round three but had to take some punishment himself in the latter rounds.

Speaking about his performance, Hall had this to say to the media afterwards,

‘I was fighting with one eye but I just tried to use the jab and dig in.?

‘It’s one of the best nights of my life.’


In taking the vacant title, Hall extended his record to read 19-3.

As for the action, the opening round was quite even but the second round saw Hall start fast pinning his opponent on the ropes early on.

The third round saw Malinga hit the canvas after being caught with a left hand to the jaw forcing the South African to take an eight count.

That punch proved to be decisive and Hall was roared on by a partisan home crowd. Malinga fought back in the middle rounds and his jab caused Hall to suffer eye damage.

Talking about the knockdown and Malinga?s subsequent fight-back, Hall remarked after the fight,

‘When he got up and came back at me, it shows he’s different class.’

‘I just dug in and the crowd helped me.’


A spirited last round saw Hal caught with a big punch but the momentum he?d built up, throughout the fight, saw his hand lifted as the new champion of the world

What a wonderful Christmas present for the lad.