Hall Goes Down South To Start Pro Career
That has all changed in the last month. The 25- year-old is happy to be living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as he begins training for his professional boxing debut on August 12 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Hall is excited to finally turn pro after gaining some success as an amateur fighter. The Rockaway native captured the Daily News Golden Gloves 125-pound novice title in 2009.
“I’m 25 years old. I’m ready to progress and take the next level,” Hall said. “I’ve matured as a fighter. There is still a lot to learn and to make the transition as a pro fighter.”
The Guyana-born fighter did not repeat his earlier Golden Gloves success. He was eliminated in the 2010 competition and lost a close fight in the Golden Gloves tournament this past March. It was a tough time for Hall after losing at the Gloves. He needed to find a way to regain his confidence after undergoing some tough defeats.
“After the last fight at the Golden Gloves, I think they didn’t treat me fairly. I outfought him. So I went to compete in a three day tournament called the Elite Boxing Competition in New Jersey in April. I won the fights and I fought the guy who won the Golden Gloves.”
The next step for Hall wasn’t to keep fighting as an amateur. He had been pondering for a while
about turning professional. “The fights I lost as an amateur wasn’t by knockout, it was a close decision to highly decorated amateurs. It won’t take anything away from my character,” Hall said. “It’s made me work harder to get more success on the next level. You got to learn from the mistakes and learn from what you done wrong.” When he turned 25 years old on April 20, Hall knew the time was right to make the next step. That was made easier by Hall, who has made use of social media to spread the word about his boxing credentials on Facebook and You- Tube. A boxing manager by the name of Tony DeLeon was impressed by the videos he saw on Hall’s YouTube account. DeLeon spoke to Hall and invited him down to the Boxing Fitness Gym in Oakland Park, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. Hall signed a professional contract after being impressed by DeLeon’s approach to training and the opportunity to have quality fights in the future.
He has enjoyed preparing for his four-round fight against an opponent to be determined, at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. More importantly, a victory on August 12 will help boost his dream of one day becoming a champion.
“I look it as an opportunity. I like being away. No distractions. I’m looking forward to take the next step. I talk to my [three-year-old] daughter every day,” Hall said. “She doesn’t understand but I think she likes me fighting. It’s a sacrifice I will make early and I know great things will come through.”