After losing to Emmanuel Rodriguez in a bid to become a two-time world champion, Paul Butler ended 2018 on a good note with a points victory over Yoann Boyeaux.
Butler is now ready for action this month in a return to his old stomping ground at Liverpool’s Docklands.
‘The Babyfaced Assassin’ has made eight appearances at the newly-named M & S Bank Arena (formerly Echo), losing just once.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with WBN, Butler discussed his forthcoming outing on the Liam Smith v Sam Eggington card.
“Yeah, obviously back out since I boxed in November in a ten rounder for the World Boxing Super Series as a reserve. Now we’ve got this one on the 30th of March,” Butler exclusively told World Boxing News.
“It’s just a six rounder because I’m hoping to get out again on the World Boxing Super Series.”
After challenging for the IBF world title back in May, Butler was in a hurry to get back to the high tier of boxing. Hence placing himself as a reserve for the World Boxing Super Series.
“Joe’s in talks with Sauerlands now. Hopefully, I am going to be a reserve for that. But I don’t know if it’s Scotland or America but we should find out soon.”
A small warm up on Smith vs. Eggington will get Butler into good shape for a solid and serious run in 2019.
Butler is aiming to be ready for the possibility of competing for one or two world titles over the next few months.
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With his return to the ring just around the corner, Butler touched on his place in the WBSS.
Plus, the timing and implications of making the championship weight.
“If I’m doing a six rounder I’ll probably be boxing at about 8 st 10 for this one. That would leave me four pounds to lose for four weeks later possibly if I were to go on the American bill,” he explained.
“If not, I think it’s the month later in May with Inoue and Rodriguez. So I’ll just stay in the gym and stay sharp.
“We’ll be pushing for that as well, that’ll be a 10 rounder so I’ll be ready for that,” Butler concluded.
Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller