Dennis Hobson and Steve Crump have signed up a trio of undefeated Scottish fighters, as they look to build their Fight Academy stable this year.
With the likes of former Commonwealth Super Flyweight champion Tommy Frank and heavyweight prospect Kash Ali already on the books, the Sheffield-based promoters have now added the signatures of Dean Sutherland (pictured), Calvin McCord and Billy Stuart.
Super bantamweight Stuart, from Macduff, and Aberdeen welterweight Sutherland are both currently 10-0, whilst Ayr lightweight McCord is sitting pretty at 8-0. With all three men in their early twenties, and having already completed their journeyman apprenticeships, Hobson says this next chapter of their careers will prove exciting as he looks to build a hotbed of Scottish boxing, and steer all three towards title shots.
“I know [manager] Sam Kynoch and really like him, and Jason McCrory – who has joined us at Fight Academy – has had dealings with him too. Sam’s really switched on, is from a legal background, and has a few good kids. He came down to Sheffield and we talked about co-promoting up in Scotland. By working together, and with my track record of moving kids into world title opportunities, it’s a great team-up.
“Dean, Calvin and Billy are three smashing prospects with bright futures, and I think we can help create an exciting situation up in Scotland. We’ll be going after Commonwealth and British titles with them and I think, very quickly, we’ll have them on the international scene. I want to make them household names, and get some meaningful titles back in Scotland with these lads.
“I’ve been in this game for 30 years, and I only want to work with good people. I’ve got Steve [Crump] with me now, and I’ve never had a better team around me than I currently have. We haven’t got BT or Sky but we will have a TV platform, and will produce some real champions, and make some great memories.
“We’ll be looking to stage shows in Aberdeen and Glasgow when we can. I’m hoping that by March or April, we’ll be in a different place with this virus, and the boxing world will be in a better place, as long as everyone adheres to what the government is asking. I don’t want a lockdown, I’m fed up of it. There’s all these conspiracy theories, but I can tell you this virus is for real, and I wouldn’t want anyone close to me getting it as bad as I had it, or worse.
“So, I’m optimistic that things will look different in the next couple of months. I think this will be the first time in 30 years that I’ve worked North of the Border. I’ve a lot of good friends up there, so can’t wait to have some great nights.”