Date: 7th February 2014 at 4:05pm
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One of the unlikeliest success stories of last year was the emergence of Stuart Hall as the IBF bantamweight champion of the world.

At the age of 33 many thought Hall?s best days were behind him but, given the opportunity last December, Hall took on Vusi Malinga and won and in doing so became the oldest British fighter to win a world title at the first attempt.

Now it is time for Hall to step forward and make his first defence of the reference IBF belt. That first defence will come on 29th March where Hall, at the Newcastle Arena, will be taking on the current commonwealth champion Martin Ward in what will become the first all North-East world title fight.

The fight will be only the 20th of Hall?s career but the champion has promised to be more active, remarking to the media,

?I?ll definitely be more active now. My training has shown I?m fitter then ever. ? I think that?s me thriving off being a world champion.?

And as for his recollections of winning the coveted belt, Hall added,

?I couldn?t see out of that eye for the last three rounds.?

?That took a few weeks to clear up but it?s back to normal. To be honest, during the fight I surprised myself at how hard I was.?

?But you never give up on your dream and that made me dig in.?

They say winning it is hard but defending it becomes harder, let?s see how Hall copes as he enjoys his reign as the IBF Bantamweight champion of the world.