News | Oct 24 2018

EXCLUSIVE Paul Butler poised to step in for Nonito Donaire against Ryan Burnett

Paul Butler is the reserve for the Ryan Burnett vs Nonito Donaire WBA title fight in Glasgow, reports John Dennen
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FORMER world champion Paul Butler is ready to step in for Nonito Donaire if the ‘Filipino Flash’ can’t make weight for his WBA world bantamweight title fight with Ryan Burnett in the quarter-finals of the World Boxing Super Series.

Burnett is scheduled to defend against Donaire in Glasgow on November 3. But the last time Donaire boxed he fought at featherweight, against Carl Frampton, in April. He hasn’t made bantamweight since 2011 and he is 35 years old. He could well struggle. Butler is the reserve for the fight, and is lined up to fight Yoan Boyeaux on the November 3 undercard anyway.

“Weeks ago I said he [Donaire] will struggle but he’ll make it and I still think the same,” Butler told Boxing News. “I think there will be rumours of him failing weight because he hasn’t made it for so long. He’s been up at feather for numerous years, his last super-bantam was against [Guillermo] Rigondeaux.”