FORMER IBF world bantamweight champion Paul Butler begins his comeback on Saturday 20th June at the Liverpool Olympia with a second world title still firmly in his sights.
Butler headlines the show with Chorley hot-shot Jack Catterall defending his WBO Intercontinental Light-Welterweight title in the chief-support, plus top talents Thomas Stalker, Steven Lewis, Joe Costello and more on the undercard, live and exclusive on BoxNation.
The Ellesmere Port star is raring to return to action after suffering his first career loss to big-hitting Zolani Tete in March. Butler attempted to become the first British boxer in over 100 years to win a second world title at a lighter weight when he challenged for Tete’s IBF World Super-Flyweight crown, but was stopped in the eighth by the big-hitting South African.
Despite the hard loss, Butler has regrouped with trainer Anthony Farnell and is ready to make a second assault at a world super-flyweight title and become a double world champion.
“For me it’s about getting in the ring and firing back into action,” said Butler. “I can’t wait to return and start working my way into world title contention and proving to myself, my fans, the public and media that I’ll be world champion again.
“It was hard to take in the loss to Tete, but I lost to a world class fighter, simple as that, what’s happened has happened and now it’s about picking myself up and dusting myself off and getting in the ring again.
“The thought of quitting never went through my mind, I knew in my heart that I wanted to fight again, but I just had to get my head around the loss and get back in the gym which is what I did and I’m now ready to go,”
“I want to be world champion again and the road back starts at the Olympia on Saturday June 20.”
Farnell added, “Paul lost to a great fighter, there’s not shame in that, he fought the best and came up short this time, but now we’re ready for a second run at the title.
“A defeat can knock your confidence, but Paul went straight back into the gym after the Tete loss, he’s already been sparring, he’s got the bit between his teeth and I can see it in his eyes that he wants it bad.”
Red-hot talent Catterall makes the first defence of his WBO Intercontinental light-welterweight title that he won against Cesar David Inalef in March with a seventh round stoppage. The unbeaten ace already holds the WBO European crown and a win will see the 21-year-old move inside the top ten WBO rankings.
Top Merseyside talent on the show includes: lightweight Thomas Stalker as he continues on his road towards a British title, plus big-hitting undefeated light-welterweight prospect Steven Lewis and flyweight ace Andrew Cain. An action packed undercard also features Manchester super-featherweight Adrian Gonzalez, Birmingham lightweight prospect Joe Costello, Manchester light-middleweight McCauley McGowan.