Lee Haskins has told Stuart Hall he will stop him within six rounds when the pair clash for Haskins IBF World Bantamweight title at The O2 in London on Saturday night.
Hall, on the other hand, does not see Haskins as a true champion because he was upgraded from interim champion to world champion after andy Caballero failed to make weight for his clash with Haskins in November last year.
Haskins defended his title for the first time in May, scoring a points victory over Ivan Morals. This victory set up a rematch with Hall who had defeated Rodrigo Guerrero in a final eliminator just a month earlier.
In their first outing Haskins was able to claim both victory and the European title, since then their rivalry has remained hostile, with both sides taunting and goading one another in the build up to this rematch.
“Stuey had a dig about me being ‘given’ the World title,” said Haskins. “He made out that I was too scared to fight Caballero which is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. If I didn’t fancy it, I would have pulled out of negotiations let alone travel to Las Vegas after a gruelling training camp.
“I was the one that made weight. I trained hard, gave everything in that camp and I earned my spot. Yes, it was given to me, but what am I supposed to do? Stuey would have done exactly the same and he knows it. Anyone would. It wasn’t the nicest way to win a World title, but I deserve it for what I’ve won in the game – no-one can begrudge me that.
“Caballero was 5.5lbs heavier on the scales. He could have easily been a stone heavier than me on the night – it gets very dangerous then. There was no way the fight could take place, you can’t put a figure on that. If I wanted to fight guys a stone heavier, I would move up a few weight divisions.
“I meant what I said at the head-to-head with Stuey, he is getting stopped in six rounds. Yes, I’m expecting a tough fight as he is a tough man and we have both improved since our last fight, but I will have far too much for him. He has my undivided attention for this fight, I’m relaxed because I’m confident I have too much in every department for him to handle.
“I’m taking him seriously and put all the effort into this camp – I will reap the rewards after. I may have been ‘given’ a World title in his words but there is no way I’m giving it up without a fight. It’s mine and I’ve earned it.”
Haskins’ clash with Hall is part of a blockbuster night of World title action in London topped by the mammoth WBC, IBF and IBO World Middleweight battle between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook.
Charlie Edwards challenges John Riel Casimero for the IBF World Flyweight title, Martin J. Ward, and Andy Townend meet for the vacant British Super-Featherweight title, Callum Smith defends his WBC Silver title against tough Hungarian Norbert Nemesapati while his older brother Paul continues his hunt for a third World title shot, WBC Silver Super-Bantamweight champion McDonnell is tracking down a World title shot of his own Sheffield Super-Bantamweight and Brook’s Ingle Gym mate Galahad continues his comeback, Conor Benn boxes for the fourth time in the paid ranks and unbeaten Middleweight Craig Richards tastes his fifth action in the pros.