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Lem’s latest: Dennis Hobson to promote Hall-Caballero IBF title fight

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Dennis Hobson Promotions outbid Golden Boy Promotions for the right to promote an IBF bantamweight title bout between ex-beltholder Stuart Hall and Randy Caballero, IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker informed RingTV.com on Tuesday.

“A purse bid procedure was held in these offices today to determine who will promote the vacant IBF bantamweight championship fight, when, where and for how much,” stated Tucker in his email to RingTV.com.

“There were two bidders, Dennis Hobson Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. Dennis Hobson Promotions bid $261,750.00 and Golden Boy Promotions bid $ 127,000.00. The purse bid split will be 50 percent to Caballero and 50 percent to Hall.”

Dennis Hobson Promotions, out of the United Kingdom, handles Hall and Golden Boy has Caballero.

In his last fight on June 7, Hall (16-3-2, 7 knockouts), 34, was dethroned as IBF beltholder following a unanimous decision loss to Paul Butler, who subsequently announced he was vacating the title in order to return to the junior bantamweight division.

Caballero (21-0, 13 KOs), 23, will be after his sixth consecutive stoppage victory and was last in action for an eighth round technical knockout of Kohei Oba in April.

Hobson Promotions has 90 days to put the fight on in accordance with IBF rules.



Although he is approaching his 23rd fight and he is scarcely two decades old, welterweight Dusty Henandez-Harrison will do on Saturday what some of the sport’s best boxers have yet to do: fight in the main arena at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

A native of Washington, D.C., who turned 20 on May 21, Hernandez-Harrison (22-0, 12 knockouts) was last in action scoring a knockdown in each of the third and final rounds of a fourth-round stoppage of Roberto Valenzuela on May 17.

On Saturday, Hernandez-Harrison will face Nicaraguan Wilfredo Acuna (15-14, 12 KOs), 32, in support of the main event featuring WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin against ex-beltholder Daniel Geale.

The appearance will mark Hernandez-Harrison’s second at the Garden, having unanimously decisioned Josh Torres on the undercard of Golovkin’s eighth-round knockout of Curtis Stevens in the Theater in November.

Hernandez-Harrison is expecting a large amount of supporters to make the trek to his fight, according to Jeff Fried, his promoter with All In Entertainment.

“We sold a lot of tickets to my fans in Washington, D.C. We have a few buses to bring them to New York,” said Hernandez-Harrison. “It adds a lot of excitement to the fight. This is a huge card to be a part of and I will do my best to put on a good performance for everyone in attendance.”

Acuna, a southpaw, has lost seven of his past eight fights.

“Acuna is tough, strong and keeps coming. No question about it. We are preparing for the full eight rounds,” said Buddy Harrison, Hernandez-Harrison’s father and trainer. “These are the kinds of fighters my son needs to face: rough and busy fighters.”



Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) is the second consecutive southpaw to face WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs), who is 12-0-1 with 12 knockouts in his past 13 fights.

In his last appearance in March, Kovalev scored knockdowns in the second and sixth rounds of a seventh-round knockout of left-hander Cedric Agnew.

But Caparello, 27, said he won’t get flustered when he meets Kovalev on August 2 at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City despite the fact that he will fighting outside his native Australia for only the second time.

“There’s no pressure for me,” said Caparello, whose past two wins were unanimous decisions over Allan Green and Elvir Muriqi in October and January, respectively.

“All the hype is about Sergey, so the pressure is on him. I don’t read into anything too much. I’m focused on my job and that is to win the WBO title. I accepted immediately. We pushed hard for this fight. We love challenging ourselves.”