Promoter Dennis Hobson answers questions on his 10-fight show at Sheffield’s Octagon Centre, tomorrow.
Is Lewis Taylor the real deal?
Lewis stopped previously unbeaten Greg O’Neill who’s no journeyman and came to win. But Lewis caught him and did a job on him. We’ve got big hopes for him. Lewis is a counter-puncher and now he’s fighting opponents that are looking to beat him, rather than journeymen, he’ll pick off their mistakes. He wants Chris Eubank Jr or Adam Etches. There’s a huge amount of interest in Sheffield in a fight with Etches.
What are you expecting from his fight with Adam Jones?
Jones has never been stopped so that would be a real statement.
Has Liam Cameron turned the corner?
All of Liam’s losses have been weight issues. He’s now found his weight at super-middle. He’s a big man. We’re really excited about his future. He’s matured and looking like the prospect he once was. Before, he lost his confidence. Even in his last fight against Wayne Reed, the reason he didn’t stop him was because of confidence. He didn’t want to take a gamble; he knew he was way in front. We’ve got it in his mentality now that if he can get some good stoppages he’ll fly up the rankings and be knocking on the door for major titles. He can whack; he’s so strong; just ask his sparring partners! He’s boxing a late change opponent (Ghanaian Philip Kotey) who’s won 29, KO’d 22 and only been stopped by world class opponents. If Liam can stop him then, that’s another massive statement. We’re going for the stoppage, 100%. After this we hope to get him in a Commonwealth title.
What about new kids on the block, Nicolai Campbell and Waleed Din?
Waleed was the 2013 ABA flyweight champion. I’ve seen him spar some top fighters; this kid looks special. He’s also in a division where there aren’t that many kids about so after five or six fights he’ll be looking for titles.
Nicolai is an unorthodox, tricky kid. You’d think he’d be a brawler because of his size but, because he’s working with Ali Hamed, Naz’s brother, he’s more of a tricky boxer. A new face on the Sheffield scene.
Muheeb Fazeldin says he’s blossoming under Ali’s coaching - how is he doing in your eyes?
He’s a really dedicated kid. He’s undefeated as a pro and is under a new trainer, he’s also with Ali Hamed.
He’s still learning, but he’s an exciting switch-hitter and we’ll see how he develops in the next couple of fights.
Finally: do you have an approximate time-schedule for Saturday yet?
Doors open at 5pm; we’re hoping for first bell at 5.30pm, and it will be a cracking show!