11th October 2012
Hot talent Paul Butler will be looking to follow in the much bigger footsteps of his Liverpool compatriot David Price, the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, by scooping his own version of the Lonsdale belt, when he challenges John Donnelly for the vacant British Super-Flyweight title at the Liverpool Olympia on Friday 9th November.
Butler, who has impressed in his fledgling career so far, putting together a run of 8 consecutive wins since turning pro in 2010, will be looking to add his name to the red and blue city’s long list of emerging talent capable of mixing it at the highest level, by picking up his first major title.
Big man Price (6ft 8in) stands over a foot taller than little man Butler (5ft 6in) but steps into a contest of similar magnitude when he takes on fellow former Olympian Audley Harrison at the Liverpool Echo Arena this Saturday (live and exclusive on BoxNation, Sky Ch. 437 and Virgin Ch. 465) and Butler has every confidence that the man dubbed ‘Britain’s Next Big Thing’ in many quarters, will have all the tools in his arsenal to make it a hard night for former Olympic Gold medallist Harrison.
Ellesmere Port star Butler said “David Price has shown the nation in his last few fights what many in the trade have known for years, that he can go on and compete at world level. Harrison will be his toughest test to date, he’s a big man who has all the skills as he proved by winning an Olympic gold medal at the Sydney games. But I think that David has that killer instinct that will see him through and again impress the fans in the process.”
He continued “Another Lonsdale belt will be coming to Liverpool either way on the 9th November, to join those already held by David and Bellew, as both me and Donnelly are Merseyside born and bred. But I tell you now, that the belt will be coming home with me and not with him.”
Butler v Donnelly headlines a packed card at the Olympia from Queensberry Promotions who take a break from their successful run of BoxAcademy shows, to bring a double title show that features Ovill McKenzie’s Commonwealth Light heavyweight Title defence against former WBO Cruiserweight king Enzo Maccarinelli.
Former British and Commonwealth Middleweight champ, Paul Smith also makes a long awaited return to the ring after a year absence following his loss to George Groves, whilst brother Liam is also in action as he looks to put his hand up for a shot at the British Welterweight title. Additionally, Ellesmere Port’s former amateur starlet, Matty Fagan, makes his highly anticipated pro debut in what is shaping up to be a packed bill.