Butler KO’s Nieva; Stalker overcomes stubborn Cooper

Phil Jay 08/03/2014

Paul Butler dispatched of little-known Argentinian Oreste Nieva in the fourth round after putting on a punch-perfect display on his bantamweight debut.

Ellesmere Port’s ‘Baby-faced Assassin’ didn’t face much resistance from Nieva, who was out-classed in every round until the inevitable end came with a sweet left to the body.

The 25 year-old is now hoping to challenge IBF title holder Stuart Hall in his next couple of fights after picking up two fringe world titles with the Aintree victory.

In chief support, London 2012 Olympian Thomas Stalker recorded a seventh straight win since turning professional, but was made to work hard for it by a solid Calum Cooper.

Stalker, 29, showed his superior class throughout the contest, although at times looked naive defensively which was capitalised on by Cooper over the eight rounds.

‘The Captain’ found the target with some well placed combinations from the first round, with Cooper looking battered a bruised heading into the third. Cooper came back though from round three onwards and made life difficult for Stalker, even rocking him on occasions as the Liverpudlian fought with a low guard.

Both lefties, Stalker and Cooper entertained the crowd for the remaining rounds at the Equestrian Centre, with the pre-fight favourite securing a 78-75 points win.

I had the contest a shut-out for Stalker, which was maybe a little harsh on Cooper, who did show that he can mixed it with a higher-profile prospect and can come again in the future.

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