Paul Butler, 16-0 (8), is set to challenge for the IBF Super Flyweight title on Frank Warren’s October 25th show, ‘Magnificent Seven Fight Again’, in Liverpool’s Echo arena.
Dropping back down to his natural Super Flyweight after previously lifting the IBF Bantamweight crown against Darlington’s Stuey Hall, the Ellesmere Port man will have the opportunity to become a two-weight king in only his 17th outing. Victory will see him become the fastest English fighter to accomplish this feat and the first man since Bob Fitzsimmons to win a second world title in a lower weight class.
His opponent, South Africa’s Zolani Tete, 19-3 (16), won the vacant title in his previous outing, outpointing Teiru Kinoshita in Japan. Prior to that, Tete had stopped Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr in a final eliminator, picking himself off the canvas in the 6th round.
Speaking at today’s press conference, Butler stated, “It’s an absolute dream to fight for a second world title, straight after winning my first world title at Bantamweight”. Victory will certainly establish the ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ as one of the sports brightest talents.“I can’t wait to face Tete and take that world title from him,” Said Butler. “He gets my full respect for being world champion and for coming to Liverpool to defend his title against me, but when he gets in that ring he will be in against a man who is totally focused and driven to win the world title,” “Winning one world title is every boxers dream, to win a second world title would be just unbelievable and to do it in back-to-back fights makes it more special,” “To become a two-time and two-weight world champion and to join other British champions like Duke McKenzie, David Haye, Ricky Hatton, Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank in the history books is a massive motivator for me,” “By beating Tete I will achieve another feat not done since Bob Fitzsimmons well over a hundred years ago and win a second world title in a lighter division which again would be an honour,” “Breaking records is great, but my primary focus is beating Tete and becoming world champion. He’s a southpaw and a good, tough, world champion, but as I’ve shown against a bigger man like Hall, I need to use my hand speed and combinations, with my fast feet and mix it with the power that I’ve got,” “It’s going to be a massive night in Liverpool and one to remember.”
‘Magnificent Seven Fight Again’ will also see Light Welterweight prospects Thomas Stalker and Chris Jenkins face off in an eliminator for the British title, as well as Ovill McKenzie Vs Matty Askin for the British and Commonwealth straps. Liam Smith, Derry Mathews, Kevin Satchell and Chris Eubank Jr are also set to feature on the stacked card.
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