Boxing: Cunningham is Hobson’s choice as next big thing

Jason Cunningham
Jason Cunningham

Jason Cunningham has the potential to be the next standard bearer for Doncaster boxing, according to Dennis Hobson.

Such praise from the Sheffield-based promoter should not be taken lightly, given Cunningham will challenge Hobson’s own fighter Martin Ward for the Commonwealth bantamweight title later this year.

Hobson will co-promote the September 6 card at the Dome alongside Stefy Bull and has tipped English champion Cunningham to follow in the footsteps of Doncaster’s world champion Jamie McDonnell.

“Jason is a special talent,” Hobson told the Free Press. “I think he can be the real deal.

“I’ve had my eye on him for a while now and I do think he can go all the way.

“Martin Ward will be coming to Doncaster knowing that he is in for a tough fight.

“He might have fought for a world title and he might be the champion but he knows he won’t be rolling over Jason.

“This could very well be the start of something big for Jason.

“He’s a classy operator but he’s got a vicious streak in him as well. He sells plenty of tickets and when you watch him, you can see exactly why.”

Hobson is back working in Doncaster boxing almost a year on from his split with McDonnell, who he managed.

He promoted McDonnell’s IBF world title fight at the Keepmoat last year and is excited to be involved in another big fight card in the town.

Hobson said: “I’m proud to be part of another massive night of boxing in Doncaster.

“It was an honour to bring a world title fight to the Keepmoat with Jamie becoming the town’s first world champion.

“And this will be a massive show and another chance to make history.”

Conisbrough heavyweight Dave Allen will be on the bill, fighting in Doncaster for the first time as a professional.

Other hometown fighters Luke Crowcroft, Mickey Davies, Tommy Chadburn and Aston Jolly are all set for bouts on the night.

n Jamie McDonnell will make the first defence of his WBA bantamweight title on October 4 in Leeds.