An undisputed bantamweight clash has been confirmed between pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue and Liverpool’s Paul Butler for December 13th in Koto City, Japan.
Inoue, who has already held world titles in three divisions so far as a professional, enters the evening a strong favourite in his home country having won all twenty-three of his contests so far, with twenty ending inside the distance. Big names in Nonito Donaire, Emmanuel Rodriguez and Juan Carlos Payano have all fallen to the twenty-nine-year-old who remains one of the standout names in the sport.
Butler’s own career has been more than impressive however, with the Liverpudlian regaining his world champion status with a victory over Filipino Jonas Sultan. The bout was initially for the interim title but the 33-year-old was upgraded to full champion shortly after his victory in April.
A victory for the Brit would no doubt register as one of the biggest victories on away soil by a British fighter against one of the sport’s finest offerings.