ELLESMERE Port’s Paul Butler will make his ring return on Saturday July 11 at the Manchester Velodrome (National Cycling Centre) against Mexican Gustavo Molina.
Butler, a former IBF World Bantamweight Champion, is ready to get back on track towards a second world title shot and begins with a 10-rounder against Molina, live and exclusive on BoxNation.
He features on an action-packed card alongside Terry Flanagan’s challenge for the vacant WBO world lightweight title against American KO king Jose Zepeda, Liam Walsh’s British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title defence against Troy James and Lancashire hitman Jack Catterall’s WBO Intercontinental Light-Welterweight title defence.
Although he suffered a painful setback against IBF World Super-Flyweight Champion Zolani Tete in March – when he was stopped in eight rounds – Butler is still intent on achieving his ambition of becoming a two-time and two-weight world champion.
“For me this is about getting back in the ring and doing what I do best,” said Butler.
“I’m in this sport to become a world champion. I’ve tasted it once and I want that feeling again which is driving me to fight again. I want to prove it to myself and my fans that I will become a world champion again.
“The lessons have been learnt from the loss to Tete and although I’ll never forget it, I have to start rebuilding myself and get the confidence back which means getting back in the ring and start mixing it up, which is what I’m sure a Mexican like Molina will want to do.
“I’m certainly not looking past Molina right now and he’s my first and only thought. Once I deal with him then I’ll be in a better position to see what’s next.”
The show will also feature top talents Thomas Stalker, Adrian Gonzalez, Steven Lewis, Joe Costello, McCaulay McGowan and Andrew Cain.