Hall warns Butler to expect a "rude awakening" in their world-title showdown

The Northern Echo: LOOKING GOOD: Stuart Hall lands a blow on Vusi Malinga during their world title fight in December. The Darlington boxer defends his title next month and says his fitness coach is amazed by his condition

7:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

STUART HALL has dismissed Paul Butler's unbeaten record and warned his world-title opponent that his previous victories have done nothing to prepare him for June's showdown at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.

World champion Hall fixes up June title defence in Newcastle

The Northern Echo: ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Stuart Hall after receiving the belt which confirmed him as IBF bantamweight world champion

4:30pm Sunday 20th April 2014

STUART HALL will return to the ring in Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena to make the second defence of his IBF World Bantamweight title against the unbeaten Paul Butler on Saturday, June 7.

Classy Caballero lines up North-East title bout with Hall

The Northern Echo: PREMATURE FINISH: Stuart Hall, right, and Martin Ward have words after the decision to stop the fight is made at the Metro Radio Arena on Saturday night

3:43pm Sunday 6th April 2014

DARLINGTON'S world champion Stuart Hall looks certain to face hugely talented American Randy Caballero when he aims to defend his IBF bantamweight crown in the summer.

Stuart Hall planning for second defence of world title this summer

The Northern Echo: PREMATURE FINISH: Stuart Hall, right, and Martin Ward have words after the decision to stop the fight is made at the Metro Radio Arena on Saturday night

7:00am Monday 31st March 2014

DARLINGTON'S world champion Stuart Hall could be in line for a summer rumble at the Metro Radio Arena, although the date is likely to come too soon for a rematch with North-East rival Martin Ward.

Frustration but respect from Ward as Hall looks to future

The Northern Echo: TAKING A HIT: Jon-Lewis Dickinson lands a powerful right flat on the face of Neil Dawson

6:00am Monday 31st March 2014

BEHIND the huge black curtains away from the ring where Stuart Hall and Martin Ward's historic world title fight came to a premature end, the two North-East boxers reflected on a frustrating night for them both.

Saunders, Dickinson and Goodings enhance reputations

The Northern Echo: BIG TALENT: Bradley Saunders put on a stylish display

6:00am Monday 31st March 2014

EVEN if there was frustration felt by the two boxers at the top of the bill at the Metro Radio Arena, Saturday night could not have gone any better for three other North-East fighters.

Hall v Ward: Live updates from ringside at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

The Northern Echo: IT'S ON: Darlington's Stuart Hall and West Rainton's Martin Ward comfortably weigh-in under the bantamweight limit ahead of their world title clash tomorrow night

6:32pm Saturday 29th March 2014

Nick Loughlin, Paul Fraser and Craig Stoddart will be reporting live from ringside at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena as Darlington's Stuart Hall takes on West Rainton's Martin Ward in defence of his IBF world bantamweight title.

Hall's going to wish he'd done more homework, more roadwork and more training - Ward

The Northern Echo: CONFIDENT: Martin Ward

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

MARTIN WARD is fed up of hearing the same story time and time again. He’s been written off more times than he cares – or can be bothered - to remember.

Hall and Ward camps give their verdict on the biggest night in North-East boxing history

The Northern Echo: West Rainton's Martin Ward with Darlington's Stuart Hall, IBF world bantamweight champion

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

TONIGHT is the night when Darlington's Stuart Hall will try to end another County Durham boxer's hopes of becoming the IBF bantamweight champion of the world.

Stuart Hall does not think title hopeful Ward is in the same league

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

GLOBAL boxing champion Stuart Hall has warmed up for the first defence of his bantamweight crown in Newcastle tonight by asking challenger Martin Ward: 'I'm world class, are you?'

North-East gearing up for world title boxing show

The Northern Echo: TIME TO TALK: The scene at yesterday’s press conference at The Hilton Hotel in Gateshead where the boxers talked about tomorrow’s bill at the Metro Radio Arena

7:00am Friday 28th March 2014

CHAMPION Stuart Hall and Martin Ward will go toe-to-toe at the Metro Radio Arena in Gateshead tomorrow night for the IBF bantamweight title. The two fighters fronted the press conference yesterday, where many of the boxers on the under card were also there to preview the event.

Pictures & Video: Hall and Ward at MetroCentre for official weigh-in ahead of world title clash

The Northern Echo: IT'S ON: Darlington's Stuart Hall and West Rainton's Martin Ward comfortably weigh-in under the bantamweight limit ahead of their world title clash tomorrow night

5:14pm Friday 28th March 2014

NORTH-EAST fighters Stuart Hall and Martin Ward were at the MetroCentre today for the official weigh-in ahead of their world title clash tomorrow night.

Saunders focused on shining on world title bill

The Northern Echo: THE MAIN EVENT: Boxers line up at a press conference yesterday at The Hilton Hotel in Gateshead. Left to right are Josh Leather, Martin Ward, Bradley Saunders, Stuart Hall and John Lewis- Dickinson

7:00am Friday 28th March 2014

STUART HALL and Martin Ward geared up for their IBF title showdown in Newcastle with a pre-fight press conference yesterday – but Bradley Saunders is determined to leave his own mark on the bill.

Dickinson hoping British title win will elevate him to European level

The Northern Echo: Jon-Lewis Dickinson

7:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

JON-LEWIS DICKINSON is hoping a successful British-title defence this weekend will enable him to step up to European level before the end of the year.

Hall lined up for a support slot on Froch vs Groves bill

The Northern Echo: Stuart Hall defeats South Africa's Vusi Malinga at the First Direct Arena in Leeds to become a world champion fighter.

7:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

STUART HALL has been offered a starring role in British boxing’s biggest night of the year – provided he sees off Martin Ward to retain his IBF World Bantamweight title this weekend.

Stuart Hall's World Title Diary: Honouring a former mentor, and getting ready for a black-and-white night

The Northern Echo: Stuart Hall defeats South Africa's Vusi Malinga at the First Direct Arena in Leeds to become a world champion fighter.

7:00am Tuesday 25th March 2014

IT’S fight night on Saturday, and it’s good that the waiting is finally at an end. I can’t wait to show Martin Ward who’s the boss and defend my world title, but before I do that, it was nice to get the opportunity to honour an old friend at the weekend.

North-East boxers excel at Schoolboys Championships

The Northern Echo: Kingston boxers miss gold at British uni championships

11:48am Monday 24th March 2014

NORTH-EAST boxers enjoyed a fantastic afternoon on Sunday as Rainton Meadows Arena hosted the quarter-finals of the National Schoolboys Championships, with the Tyne-Wear-Tees region taking on Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

Tyson shows Fury and storms away

The Northern Echo: Dereck Chisora (left), promoter Frank Warren (centre) and Tyson Fury during a press conference at The Landmark Hotel, London

12:58pm Friday 21st March 2014

TYSON FURY made an abrupt exit from a press conference to preview his rematch with Dereck Chisora, tossing the top table aside and storming out after promising to knock his opponent out.

Stuart Hall's World Title Diary: Excitement builds as fight-night draws near

The Northern Echo: ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Stuart Hall after receiving the belt which confirmed him as IBF bantamweight world champion

7:00am Tuesday 18th March 2014

LESS than a fortnight to go, and I’ve never been more excited ahead of a fight. And I even include the last world-title fight against Vusi Malinga in that.

Saunders handed Newcastle date with a Prince

The Northern Echo: NEWCASTLE BOUT: Bradley Saunders

5:00pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

COUNTY Durham boxer Bradley Saunders has been handed the tough test he had been hoping for when he returns to the ring later this month.

World title talk: Billboards and big nights of boxing

The Northern Echo: Stuart Hall defeats South Africa's Vusi Malinga at the First Direct Arena in Leeds to become a world champion fighter.

7:00pm Monday 10th March 2014

IBF world bantamweight champion Stuart Hall is writing an exclusive diary for The Northern Echo in the build up to the defence of his title against Martin Ward at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Saturday, March 29

Saunders waiting to learn identity of new opponent

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

BRADLEY SAUNDERS wants to be handed a tough test when he returns to action in the North-East later this month after learning his ‘big shot’ at climbing up the rankings has been taken away from him.

World title talk: House music getting Hall in the mood for Ward

The Northern Echo: ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Stuart Hall after receiving the belt which confirmed him as IBF bantamweight world champion

7:00am Tuesday 4th March 2014

IBF world bantamweight champion Stuart Hall is writing an exclusive diary for The Northern Echo in the build up to the defence of his title against Martin Ward at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Saturday, March 29

Title targets for Saunders after sealing McCloskey date

The Northern Echo: IN ACTION: Bradley Saunders is hit by Manoj Kumar

7:00am Wednesday 26th February 2014

BRADLEY SAUNDERS was back in the North-East yesterday to promote his return to the ring next month and spoke openly of a desire to claim Curtis Woodhouse’s British crown.

Saunders sets sights on Woodhouse’s British title

The Northern Echo: AIMING HIGH: Bradley Saunders will be fighting in the North-East next month

10:50am Wednesday 26th February 2014

BRADLEY SAUNDERS was back in the North-East yesterday to promote his return to the ring next month and spoke openly of a desire to claim Curtis Woodhouse’s British crown.

Stuart Hall's World Title Diary: Birthday celebrations and getting back into the ring

The Northern Echo: LOOKING GOOD: Stuart Hall lands a blow on Vusi Malinga during their world title fight in December. The Darlington boxer defends his title next month and says his fitness coach is amazed by his condition

7:00am Tuesday 25th February 2014

IBF World Bantamweight champion Stuart Hall is writing an exclusive diary for The Northern Echo in the build up to the defence of his title against Martin Ward at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Saturday, March 29

Ward hoping shared experiences will give him the edge in world-title fight with Hall

The Northern Echo: Darlington's Stuart Hall, left, with world title contender, Martin Ward, at the press conference in Gateshead

7:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

HAVING shared some of the same experiences as world champion Stuart Hall, Martin Ward is confident of claiming the IBF World Bantamweight title when the two North-East fighters share the same ring at the end of next month.

Traveller Ward out to make boxing history by winning a world title

The Northern Echo: TELLING BLOW: Martin Ward on the attack against Jason Booth. Right, Ward celebrates his victory

7:00am Friday 7th February 2014

NORTH-EAST sporting history will be made when Martin Ward challenges Stuart Hall for the IBF World Bantamweight title in Newcastle next month. As the West Rainton fighter told Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson, however, another boxing landmark is at the forefront of his mind

Hall loving life as a world champion

The Northern Echo: Stuart Hall defeats South Africa's Vusi Malinga at the First Direct Arena in Leeds to become a world champion fighter.

7:00am Thursday 6th February 2014

Six weeks after claiming the IBF World Bantamweight title, Stuart Hall is preparing to return to the ring to defend his crown at the end of next month. Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson caught up with Darlington’s first world champion to discuss life in the limelight

Hall determined to retain his world title as all-North-East showdown is launched

The Northern Echo: ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Stuart Hall after receiving the belt which confirmed him as IBF bantamweight world champion

7:00am Thursday 6th February 2014

STUART HALL is determined to hold on to his IBF World Bantamweight title when he makes North-East sporting history against Martin Ward at the end of next month.

Hall confident of success as all-North-East world-title defence is launched

The Northern Echo: Darlington's Stuart Hall, left, with world title contender, Martin Ward, at the press conference in Gateshead

2:26pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

STUART HALL is determined to hold on to his IBF World Bantamweight title when he makes North-East sporting history against Martin Ward at the end of next month.

Hall to defend world title against fellow North-Easterner Ward

The Northern Echo: ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Stuart Hall after receiving the belt which confirmed him as IBF bantamweight world champion

7:00am Thursday 30th January 2014

STUART HALL is set to make the first defence of his IBF World Bantamweight title against fellow North-Easterner Martin Ward at the end of March.

Saunders to fight in Gateshead in March

The Northern Echo: Change of opponent for Bradley Saunders

12:00pm Sunday 5th January 2014

BRADLEY SAUNDERS will put his unbeaten record on the line when he returns to the ring at Gateshead Leisure Centre on March 8.

Hall insists his partying days are behind him as plans for first defence begin to fall into place

The Northern Echo: AND THE NEW: New IBF bantamweight world champion Stuart Hall at Rockliffe Hall, Hurworth, yesterday

7:00am Tuesday 24th December 2013

THE first defence of Stuart Hall’s IBF World Bantamweight title is being lined up for Newcastle at the end of March, and the Darlington fighter has pledged to consign his partying days to history as he looks to remain on top of the world.

Battled scarred Hall enters pantheon of North-East sporting greats

The Northern Echo: ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Stuart Hall after receiving the belt which confirmed him as IBF bantamweight world champion

7:00am Monday 23rd December 2013

AFTER the bell had rang for the final time, Stuart Hall jumped in to the arms of his trainer, Michael Marsden, in the centre of the ring. After 12 rounds of blood and thunder, the former roofer from Darlington had done enough to be crowned the IBF bantamweight champion of the world.

Why Darlington's first world champion is a real-life Rocky

The Northern Echo: FULLY FOCUSED: Stuart Hall is wide-eyed as he enters the ring at the First Direct Arena. He left it triumphant but unable to see out of one eye after a brutal fight

7:00am Monday 23rd December 2013

IF it was presented as the script for a Hollywood screenplay, it would be rejected for being too far-fetched.

Hall determined to defend his world title in the North-East

The Northern Echo: Darlington's Stuart Hall lands world boxing crown

7:00am Monday 23rd December 2013

STUART HALL has pledged to make the first defence of his IBF World Bantamweight title in the North-East after creating sporting history in Leeds on Saturday night.

'It feels amazing' says Darlington's world champion

The Northern Echo: Darlington's Stuart Hall lands world boxing crown

12:35am Sunday 22nd December 2013

AN ECSTATIC Stuart Hall paid tribute to “everyone who believed in him” after a breathtaking display which made the County Durham boxer a world champion.

Darlington's Stuart Hall lands world boxing crown

The Northern Echo: Darlington's Stuart Hall lands world boxing crown

12:21am Sunday 22nd December 2013

DARLINGTON'S Stuart Hall emerged from 12 pulsating rounds of incredible boxing in Leeds tonight as the IBF bantamweight champion of the world.

Stuart Hall v Vusi Malinga

The Northern Echo: Stuart Hall and Vusi Malinga at Friday's weigh-in

1:58pm Saturday 21st December 2013

THE Northern Echo's sports writers bring you live coverage from Stuart Hall's IBF World Bantamweight showdown with Vusi Malinga at Leeds' First Direct Arena.

Hall in "perfect shape" as he stands on the cusp of glory

The Northern Echo: FACE OFF: Vusi Malinga and Stuart Hall go head to head next weekend

7:00am Saturday 21st December 2013

STUART HALL insists he could not be in any better shape for tonight's IBF World Bantamweight showdown with Vusi Malinga, and has predicted he will return to the North-East as Darlington's first world champion.

McCrory is hoping Hall removes his own name from the record books

The Northern Echo: Darlington boxer Stuart Hall outside the First Direct Arena at Leeds ahead of his world title fight against Vusi Malinga

7:00am Saturday 21st December 2013

FOR almost 25 years, Glenn McCrory has been able to revel in his status as the North-East's only boxing world champion.

Hall weighs in ahead of world-title fight

The Northern Echo: Darlington boxer Stu Hall at the official world title fight weigh-in in Leeds

1:43pm Friday 20th December 2013

DARLINGTON fighter Stuart Hall has successfully weighed in ahead of tomorrow's IBF World Bantamweight title fight with South African Vusi Malinga.

Darlington fighter turns his life around to earn world-title shot

The Northern Echo: Darlington boxer Stuart Hall outside the First Direct Arena at Leeds ahead of his world title fight against Vusi Malinga

7:00am Friday 20th December 2013

THERE are plenty of boxers who claim the sport helped them turn their life around, but few can offer a redemptive tale to match that of Stuart Hall.

China excited about featuring on Hall's undercard

The Northern Echo: Stuart Hall at the Local Heroes Awards 2013

6:00am Thursday 19th December 2013

CHINA Clarke is delighted to get home billing on Saturday night when he will be part of the undercard to Stuart Hall’s battle with Vusi Malinga for the IBF world bantamweight title at Leeds’ First Direct Arena.

Hall's strength of character will make all the difference in his world title fight

The Northern Echo: Darlington boxer Stuart Hall outside the First Direct Arena at Leeds ahead of his world title fight against Vusi Malinga

7:00am Wednesday 18th December 2013

STUART HALL'S “winning character” will make all the difference in Saturday's IBF World Bantamweight showdown with Vusi Malinga, according to the man who will be in his corner at Leeds' First Direct Arena.

Malinga desperate to overcome Hall in world title shot

The Northern Echo: STANDING TALL: Vusi Malinga and Stuart Hall will meet in Leeds on Saturday evening

6:00am Tuesday 17th December 2013

VUSI MALINGA has vowed to follow in the footsteps of his uncle by defeating Darlington's Stuart Hall to claim a world title on Saturday night.

Hall exudes confidence as big-fight build up continues with face-to-face showdown

The Northern Echo: FACE OFF: Vusi Malinga and Stuart Hall go head to head next weekend

7:00am Saturday 14th December 2013

Next weekend, Darlington fighter Stuart Hall will take on Vusi Malinga for the IBF World Bantamweight title. Yesterday, the two boxers met for the first time at Leeds' First Direct Arena and Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson was present to witness the scene

Hall confident of world-title success after meeting Malinga

The Northern Echo: Darlington boxer Stuart Hall outside the First Direct Arena at Leeds ahead of his world title fight against Vusi Malinga

2:53pm Friday 13th December 2013

STUART HALL claims his preparations for next weekend's IBF World Bantamweight title fight with Vusi Malinga could not have gone better, and is predicting an explosive victory in eight days time.

Ex-champ Tyson is banned from entering UK

10:06am Wednesday 11th December 2013

FORMER world heavyweight champion boxer and convicted rapist Mike Tyson has been forced to scrap appearances in London after discovering he is banned from entering the UK.



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