Last Saturday Paul Butler's ascension to the IBF bantamweight throne last weekend gave me a lot of satisfaction.

'The Baby Faced Assassin' from Ellesmere Port became the first world champion to be developed through the BoxNation network when he nudged out Darlington's Stuey Hall – a decent champion – on a split decision at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.
Birmingham star Frankie Gavin will challenge for the European Welterweight title on Friday 1st August at Wolverhampton Civic Hall against reigning champion Leonard Bundu.

Gavin v Bundu headlines the show promoted by Frank Warren, in association with P.J Promotions, with tickets, priced at £40, £70 and £100 available now on 0870 320 7000 and www.wolvescivic.co.uk and televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/HD 490 and Virgin Ch. 546).
Ricky Hatton has tipped new IBF World Bantamweight Champion Paul Butler to become a household name.

Britsh great Hatton said last week that Butler was the new Hitman before his title challenge against Stuart Hall at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday night.
As the clock counts down to the explosive showdown between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury on Saturday 26th July at Manchester's Phones 4 U Arena, Promoter Frank Warren is delighted to introduce a limited number of VIP Hospitality Packages for the big night.

With lots of great benefits, it's a fantastic chance to enjoy the big fight in style for one of the most highly anticipated heavyweight rematches.  The package includes:
New IBF World Bantamweight Champion Paul Butler says the best is yet to come from him after he dethroned Stuart Hall at the weekend.

The Ellesmere Port ace won the title by split-points decision - in just his 16th professional fight and only his second at bantamweight - by using his quick footwork and hand speed to beat the bigger and stronger Hall.
Dennis Hobson in association with Queensberry Promotions proudly present World Championship boxing this evening from the Metro Radio Arena.

Headlining tonight's action packed card is the domestic thriller between defending IBF World Bantamweight Challenger Stuart Hall and unbeaten young challenger Paul Butler.
Will we witness the emergence of a new potential superstar in British boxing this evening when Ellesmere Port's Paul Butler attempts to rip the IBF World Bantamweight belt from the waist of Darlington hard man Stuey Hall.

I'm backing my judgement that I've secured the right fight at the right time for my man Butler – just as I did when Naseem Hamed defrocked Steve Robinson at a drizzly Cardiff Arms Park in 1995 and when Ricky Hatton eclipsed Russian legend Kostya Tszyu ten years later.
Weigh-in results from the official weigh-in held today at the Metrocentre in Newcastle for tomorrow nights show at the Metro Radio Arena:

THE IBF BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD
12 X 3 Minute Rounds at 8st 6lbs (118lbs) 
Stuart Hall 8st 6lbs (118lbs) v Paul Butler 8st 5¾lbs (117¾lbs)

THE VACANT WBO INTERCONTINENTAL LIGHT-WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds at 10st (140lbs)
Bradley Saunders 9st 13½lbs (139½lbs) v Ville Piispanen 9st 13½lbs (139½lbs)

THE BRITISH & COMMONWEALTH CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds at 14st 4lbs (200lbs)
Jon Lewis Dickinson 14st 2½lbs (198½lbs) v Ovill McKenzie 13st 11½lbs (193½lbs)

Reigning IBF bantamweight king Stuey Hall believes the time has come for those within the industry to pay him his props.

The 34 year old from Darlington is presently in the richest vein of form of his six year, 20 fight pro career and enters Saturday's civil war with Ellesmere Port's Paul Butler as the naturally bigger, more seasoned fighter. Yet despite profiting from home court at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena, Stuey knows he'll enter the ring as a sizeable underdog with the bookies and a rank outsider with most of the media.
Fight fans should finally discover the full extent of Paul Butler's precocious talent this Saturday when he challenges Darlington's iron tough IBF bantam boss Stuey Hall at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.

A former world class amateur, the 25 year old from Ellesmere Port cruised to British and Commonwealth honours plus a string of InterContinental belts down at super-fly whilst posting perfect 15-0 stats as a pro. And the media have been left drooling over his silky skills and rib bending body attacks.

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