Former IBF bantamweight world champion Paul Butler [18(9)-1(1)] hopes to have a world title showdown with Belfast’s Jamie Conlan [14(8)-0] next year.
The Scouser, now down at super flyweight, fights this weekend over ten rounds against an opponent to-be-announced on the Tommy Langford-headlined Boxnation show in Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Conlan, the WBO #6, headlines Dublin again on November 7th on the MGM-promoted ‘Second Coming’ at the National Stadium – also to be shown exclusively live on Boxnation TV.
Ahead of his fight, Butler spoke to SecondsOut.com about his brewing rivalry with the Belfast Mexican. ‘The Baby Face Assassin feels that “me and Jamie would be a top fight.”
“I beat him in the amateurs (in the 2007 Commonwealth Federation championships), but that was the amateurs and this is the pros.”
“It’s a completely different game.”
Indeed the 26 year old has big plans for when he eventually meets the Irishman, explaining that “hopefully the fight can be made next year as a world title eliminator or maybe even for the world title. I’ve heard the world champion [Naoya Inoue] is going up in weight.”