Conlan out of Yafai running; Burnett v Butler a no-go

Phil Jay 12/08/2016

Phil Sharkey

Irish star Jamie Conlan will not be challenging British world title hope Kal Yafai for the British super-flyweight championship after Frank Warren opted out of the purse bid process.

The British Boxing Board of Control had stipulated purse bids to be submitted this week, although Conlan was pulled from any future bout in a bid to concentrate on his own pursuit of European and world honours.

Yafai, undefeated in 19 contests and widely tipped as a future ruler at 115 pounds, is yet to make a defence of the Lonsdale strap since defeating Jason Cunningham to become UK champion and could now be ready to move on to a bigger stage.

At bantamweight, Ryan Burnett will also have to wait a little longer to find out who will be in the opposite corner for his maiden British title defence after Warren also removed Paul Butler from the domestic picture.

Butler, who recently joined up with Joe Gallagher at his gym in Bolton, is seeking to regain the world title in the near future and doesn’t see stepping back down a level as an option at this point.

Instead, the BBBofC have offered former European title holder Ryan Farrag the opportunity to regain his old belt following his shock third round knockout loss to Frenchman Karim Guerfi at the Echo Arena in June.

Purse bids for Burnett v Farrag have been set for September 14.