Frank Warren and Dennis Hobson’s June 7 show in Newcastle is up in the air following the International Boxing Federation’s decision not to endorse Paul Butler at Stuart Hall’s next challenger.
The fight had already been announced (subject to IBF approval) and press conferences held as the UK geared up for a second domestic world title fight on the back of Hall’s clash with Martin Ward earlier in the year.
An announcement from both promoters is due at any moment on what will now transpire regarding the summer showdown, with Butler’s dream of a first world championship fight seemingly in tatters.
“IBF Bantamweight Champion Stuart Hall asked the IBF for an Exception to fight Paul Butler. However, the IBF Board of Directors denied the request. As a result, Hall was ordered to start negotiations with mandatory challenger Randy Caballero,” IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker confirmed to World Boxing News on Wednesday evening.
WBN had already put out there that the IBF were pushing for Caballero to get his shot, and that Butler’s chance would only be put up for discussion, but now the unbeaten Ellesmere Port fighter is set to miss out barring a sensational change of heart by the IBF.
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