Hall ready for Haskins test
Darlington's Stuart Hall has stepped in at late notice to take on Lee Haskins for the European bantamweight title.
By Adam Norman: Twitter @SkySportsNorm
Last Updated: 25/06/12 5:38pm
Darlington's Stuart Hall has been handed another shot at the big time after stepping in at late notice to take on Lee Haskins for the European bantamweight title.
Hall saw his unbeaten streak ended by then-European champion Jamie McDonnell last September, with the Doncaster man edging a thrilling 12-round contest on points.
The defeat has left the 32-year-old out in the cold but with former McDonnell victim Stephane Jamoye pulling out through injury, Hall has jumped at the chance to take on Bristol-based Haskins on July 7.
And trainer Mike Marsden believes Hall's stroke of luck could not have come at a better time for the Lonsdale belt holder.
"The McDonnell defeat has only done Stuart good," Marsden told Sky Sports. "He's come on leaps and bounds since that defeat, and he's learned the error of his ways.
"He was stopping everybody and ultimately thought he was going to stop Jamie, but then lost a very close decision. It's done him the world of good.
"He's in top knick. He's frustrated because he's been champion and one defeat has been a big setback for him. Obviously he wants to fight for bigger and better things and when an opportunity like this comes he's bang up for it."
Haskins was an impressive winner of Prizefighter super-flyweights last year and is a former British and Commonwealth champion at that weight.
But although Marsden acknowledged that a tough assigment awaits, he is confident Hall can make his strength pay off.
"It's not going to be an easy fight, but we're quietly confident," he added. "Lee is a very tricky opponent, he's very unpredicatable with a very annoying style.
"If Stuey boxes to orders I think we've got a good chance. If we don't rush it I think Stuey will be too strong for him."