It may just be a couple of weeks into the new year, but the Payne Boxing Family has already grown, as manager Gardner Payne has signed Robert Hall Jr from Johnson City, Tennessee. Hall currently owns a 12-1 mark overall, including 9 KO. To go along with his 12 victories, he’s won the WBC United States (USNBC) Cruiser Title, Global Boxing Council Intercontinental Cruiser Title and the UBF Inter Continental Cruiser Title with unanimous decision victory over Dimar Ortuz (11-0-2) in Johnson City respectively.
Hall fell in love with the sport of boxing from watching the late Muhammad Ali. Hall was attracted to Ali both for his dominance in the ring as well as his passion, charisma and philanthropy outside of the ring. Hall started boxing at the age of 15, after years of not being allowed to fight by his mother who worried about the mental and physical toll of the sport. He made his professional debut back in 2013, with a TKO win over Marvin Hunt in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Hall is proud to be the face of boxing from the Volunteer State -- a State not often brought up when speaking of boxing greats. Despite that lack of recognition, Hall is committed to bringing notoriety to his home state and community. One of Hall’s greatest memories to date is winning the UBF Inter Continental Cruiser Title belt in his hometown of Johnson City. He speaks of this experience as being surreal and just the first of many great boxing moments he plans to bring to Tennessee.
Not only is Hall a professional boxer, he’s also a dad and works a full time job. This tremendous work ethic is one of the reasons Payne was determined to sign Hall and bring him on as part of the Payne Boxing family.
“Hall’s commitment to his family, and to his professional boxing career has him poised to make a name for himself inside the ring, and we’re glad to be a part of his journey,” said Payne.
Hall will make his boxing debut with Payne Boxing on February 20 against Eric Abraham (6-8). The fight will take place on the Eskridge Promotions show in Shelbyville, Kentucky.