Southampton fighter Chris Hobbs claimed the Light Heavyweight Southern Area championship defeating Jordan Joseph last weekend in a close fight at York Hall.

Speaking exclusively to today it was clear the southern area champion was in a good place. Having come back with a title win after a defeat and a career threating defeat to Kelvin Young just over a year ago, he now finds himself with plenty of options for his next fight. Hobb’s told me “We are getting offers all over the place. We are getting offered TV fights. We just need to sit down and work out what’s best.”

A fight with Portsmouth’s English Light Heavyweight Champion Joel Mcintyre was what Chris Hobbs said would be his preference in his post fight interview with IFL TV. Southampton and Portsmouth’s rivalry date’s back over 100 years and with a fierce contempt towards each other from both citys, Hobbs VS McIntyre could be the perfect opportunity to bring a big fight to the the area.

McIntyre has been ordered to fight the undefeated Dec Spelman for the English title so it is a fight that will have to wait. However, it is a fight that could easily be made later this year. Both fighters being associated to Goodwin Promotions, Hobbs being managed by Michael Ballingall and McIntyre to Steve Goodwin, it would leave little hurdles in the way for a Southampton VS Portsmouth local derby fight to take place between the two fighters.

“With Joel (McIntyre) it would be full on Southampton VS Portsmouth. I don’t know where you would stage it though. You would have to look at the security aspect, that could be an issue. But if I got offered to fight Joel next month for his title. I would jump at it.” Chris Hobbs exclusively told

Check out the full video interview below with Chris Hobbs below, where we discuss Hobbs’s Army Career, bringing big fights to Southampton, Boxing landscape across the south coast, Don Charles outburst after recent fight and much more.

By Adam Noble-Forcey