Hall farming for a Euro shot

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BRITISH bantamweight champion Stuey Hall is chasing a summer showdown against Sheffield’s European king Jamie McDonnell, after negotiating his next test on Wearside.

Promoter Frank Maloney believes he can make the match provided Hall (10-0-1) comes through his domestic defence against John Donnelly (12-1) at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton, on Saturday, April 9.

Hall, 31, is currently ranked fifth by the EBU and hopes his Yorkshire rival will make a voluntary defence.

The Darlington boxer, 31, said: “Jamie has done so well upsetting top fighters, but he still has to prove he is the best in Britain.”

Maloney promotes both fighters and is keen on the fight that will capture public imagination, but is yet to approach McDonnell’s manager Dennis Hobson.

Maloney said: “I don’t want to take Stuey’s focus off Donnelly who has improved greatly in his last few fights.

“Provided he comes through and looks good doing so I will see if Sky Sports are interested and hopefully make the fight.”

Hall will win a Lonsdale belt outright if he makes a successful third defence against Donnelly.

In the chief supporting bout, Rendall Munroe returns to action in a non-title eight rounder.

North East talent will be prominent on the bill with Sunderland’s Glen Foot and Jonson McClumpha, Birtley’s Prizefighter winner Travis Dickinson and Easington’s Paul Archer all hoping to further enhance their reputations

Tickets priced £30 and £65 (ringside) are available by calling 0871 226 1508 or at www.frankmaloney.com.