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Boxing: Darlington boxer set for world title shot
ROOFER turned professional boxer Stuart Hall could have his dream shot at a world title realised before the end of January.
The Darlington bantamweight looks certain to be handed a crack at the IBF belt, which Doncaster's Jamie McDonnell was this week stripped of.
Hall, with just one defeat in 18 fights since turning his back on the amateur game, has been waiting for such a chance since May when McDonnell claimed the belt by defeating Julio Ceja over 12 gruelling rounds.
But McDonnell had the title taken off him this week for failing to defend it inside the required six months against mandatory challenger Vusi Malinga.
Now the South African, defeated just once, has been told he will be fighting for the vacant belt and Hall, ranked three, will almost certainly be the opponent.
And it is being predicted that the two 33-year-olds will go toe-to-toe in either December or January despite McDonnell's attempts to appeal the decision.
Hall's manager Dennis Hobson has already been in touch with the Malinga camp and a date is believed to be close to being arranged.
The County Durham boxer, who won the inter-continental title on the McDonnell show in May, wants the contest to take place in Britain, preferably in the North-East.
If he can claim the IBF crown he will become Darlington's first world champion.
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