Butler wants more convincing Hall win / Jonas, Fowler talk Sept 30

Matchroom 27/07/2017

Lawrence Lustig

Paul Butler takes on old foe Stuart Hall in an eliminator for the WBA World Bantamweight title and rematch of their clash for Hall’s IBF crown in June 2014 which Butler won via split decision.

Speaking regarding the return, new Matchroom fighter Butler said he wanted a more convincing performance.

“I am on the biggest platform for boxing now and I’m straight into the deep-end in a massive fight with Stuart. I think I can win in better fashion this time and end his career.

“The team around me is better now, I’m improving every day with Joe Gallagher and I don’t see that improvement in Stuart.”

Opponent Hall added: “I’m over the moon to get the fight.

“I thought I beat Haskins and I should be champ, but that’s boxing, Our first fight I thought I won but he took the title, so now it’s my chance for revenge. This is the final push for me, if I lose this I think that my career is over, so that pressure on me should make for a great fight.”

Featuring on the Echo Arena undercard on September 30 will be hometown fighters Natasha Jonas and Anthony Fowler, both of whom will be looking to impresses in their own city.

Jonas, a Team GB Olympian from London 2012, makes her Liverpool bow as a pro in her second fight in the paid ranks:

““It’s brilliant to be out in Liverpool and I can’t wait for all the fans to come out. They all supported me as an amateur and I am sure they will as a pro. It’s always nice to box at home, there’s added pressure but I love performing in Liverpool,” she said.

Fowler, a Team GB Olympian but from Rio 2016, also fights on home turf for the first time in his third pro outing against Irishman Jay Byrne.

“I’m so glad to be fighting home now. It’s a good test and he’s been in with some top boys, but I’m going to knock him out, simple as that.

“The lad in Newcastle was no mug so for me to stop him was a good statement. I hit very, very hard for a Middleweight.”

Face value tickets for September 30 are available here