British and Commonwealth Super-Flyweight Champion Paul Butler will make the first defence of his Commonwealth strap tonight against late stand-in, Clydach Vale based Iraqi Najah Ali after original opponent, Nicaraguan Arnoldo Solano, failed a BBBofC medical and was withdrawn from the card
Butler, 24, is now 11-0, 6 KO’s, and looking to force his way into Super-Flyweight World title contention soon and will look to put in a strong performance over Ali and retain the belt he took off Yaqub Kareem with a fifth round TKO in April.
Butler is looking for his third knockout of the year after impressive stoppages in the fourth and fifth rounds against Anwar Alfadli and Kareem respectively.
This bright young British boxing star has risen very quickly in the super-flyweight division and is a fighter of hugh potential, be sure to catch a look at Butler to see for yourself a boxer who could be the next big thing in British boxing.
Butler’s fight with Ali is the chief support to British welterweight title holder Frankie Gavin’s clash with Commonwealth champion Denton Vassell.
On the card, Liverpool’s super featherweight Stephen Smith (15-1) make a long over due come back against Belfast’s Eddie Nesbitt (3-2), after a year out of the ring Smith is raring to go.
Unbeaten Commonwealth light-middleweight champion Liam Smith (14-0-1) faces Birmingham’s Max Maxwell (16-19-3), has he awaits his vacant British title fight against English champion Erick Ochieng.
Local favourite Joe Selkirk (10-0) boxes Telford’s Kieron Gray (5-17-1), at middleweight, while up-and-coming prospect Rhys Roberts (16-2) faces Merthyr Tydfil’s Dai Davies (9-22) and unbeaten Manchester featherweight ‘Genius’ Joe Murray (13-0) boxes Trowbridge’s Dan Naylor (4-16-2). On what promises to be a great fight card in Liverpool.
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Exciting Ellesmere Port star Paul Butler will look to add the WBO International Super-Flyweight Championship to his British and Commonwealth belts, when he takes on late stand-in, Clydach Vale based Iraqi Najah Ali after original opponent, Nicaraguan Arnoldo Solano, failed a BBBofC medical and was withdrawn from the card
Butler, 24, is coming off a win over African Yaqub Kareem to take the commonwealth title in April and after the fight with Masson, Butler is also lined up for a next fight at Wembley Arena on July 20, and is keeping himself busy while he looks to push on for a world title shot.
Butler (11-0, 6KO’s) is not so sure if he will be holding onto his British title for much longer and feels if he stays around at domestic level to try and win the Lonsdale belt outright, he may miss his chance of pushing on to world level. There is also a possibility his July 20 fight in London could be for the IBF International title, which would see Butler gaining a top 10 world ranking.
Britishboxers caught up with Paul this week to speak about his last fight with Karim is upcoming fights and his thoughts on the British title. Plus the British Super-Flyweight king gives us his opinions on the upcoming other big British boxing match-up between Frankie Gavin and Denton Vassell, plus his opinion on the proposed heavyweight blockbuster between David Haye and Tyson Fury.