Stuart Hall will take on Sergio Perales for the IBF inter-continental title on May 11

By Adam Norman: Twitter @SkySportsNorm.   Last Updated: 09/04/13 11:28am

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Stuart Hall: Ideal scenario would see him in a re-match with Jamie McDonnell

Stuart Hall: Ideal scenario would see him in a re-match with Jamie McDonnell

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Stuart Hall is looking forward to moving up to international level when he takes on American Sergio Perales in Doncaster on May 11.

'Stuey' will fight for the IBF inter-continental bantamweight title on the undercard of Jamie McDonnell's world title fight against Julio Ceja at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Perales in listed as high as No 5 in the IBF rankings and the match-up represents a massive opportunity for the Darlington man.

"I don't see why he wouldn't give me a re-match but he deserves to be where he's at, he's proved himself and I hope he comes through and wins."
Stuart Hall

"It's a great opponent for me and will get me right up there," he told Sky Sports. "(Promoter) Dennis Hobson's helping me out and we'll see where we go from here.

"We've still got the Commonwealth title and we'll hold on to it until we have to give it up."

Hall has managed to turn his career around following a one-sided points defeat to Bristol's Lee Haskins in a European title fight last summer, a performance the 33-year-old still regrets.

"I just didn't turn up for some reason - it was one of those off nights," he added. "I think you learn from your mistakes and in my head I've come back a better fighter.

"I was full of regrets as soon as I got out of the ring and I know I'd beat him if we fought again, I just didn't turn up for the first time in the pros.

"But I've got my head back on now and came back strong against Josh Wale, which was a one-sided fight.

"I'm looking at bigger fights and this fight for the IBF inter-continental will get me right up the rankings."

Re-Match

Hall's only previous loss was against McDonnell in 2011, with the latter just edging a narrow decision.

And with the latter moving into world title contention, Hall is hoping a re-match could be on the cards.

"When I look back I think it was just down to experience," he said of the defeat. "If I'd had a couple more 12 rounds fights beforehand it might have been different. I was just buzzing. It was a very close fight and I thought I might have nicked it.

"He won the fight but I've gained a lot more experience and like I say, I'm going to win this fight and chase down whoever's at the top.

"I don't see why he wouldn't give me a re-match but he deserves to be where he's at, he's proved himself and I hope he comes through and wins."

Hall may be 33 but at an age when many might be thinking of calling it a day, 'Stuey' is at the top his game with just 17 fights under his belt after joining the paid ranks late.

"I don't look ahead, I just live for the now," he said. "I'm in a better place than I was a year ago, I'm stronger and more experienced and I'm at my peak. In boxing terms I'm in a really good place."

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