Promoter Frank Warren today won the purse bids for the Vacant European Middleweight Championship between Billy Joe Saunders and Emanuele Blandamura.

The purse bids were held at the EBU head office in Rome and Warren, Saunders' promoter, outbid Salvatore Cherchi from OPI 2000, promoter of Blandamura, to stage the fight.
New WBA Intercontinental Bantamweight Champion Paul Butler says there is much more to come from him after his sensational knockout win on Saturday night at Aintree Racecourse.

The Ellesmere Port hotshot destroyed Oreste Bernabe Nieva in the fourth round with a crippling left to the body that left the Argentine out for the count - the first time he had been stopped in his career.
Promoter Frank Warren presents Championship Boxing tonight from the historic Aintree Racecourse, headlined by Ellesmere Port's unbeaten sensation Paul Butler stepping up to bantamweight in an Intercontinental title challenge against Argentine Oreste Bernabe Nieva; Liverpool star Kevin Satchell defends his Flyweight Commonwealth Championship against Issac Quaye, plus a top quality undercard featuring Merseysides best up-and-coming talent.
Historically, boxing has a record for racial tolerance and integration that is the envy of all sports in Britain.

For decades, possibly centuries, boxing gyms on these isles have been inhabited by fighters of multiple colours and creeds, training and competing together harmoniously. Fighters earn respect from their fellow men through combat in the purest, most noble manner.
Promoter Frank Warren presents Championship Boxing at the historic Aintree Racecourse on Saturday 8th March, headlined by Ellesmere Port's unbeaten sensation Paul Butler stepping up to bantamweight in an Intercontinental title challenge against Argentine Oreste Bernabe Nieva; Liverpool star Kevin Satchell defends his Flyweight Commonwealth Championship against Issac Quaye, plus a top quality undercard featuring Merseysides best up-and-coming talent.  
Ellesmere Port's multi-title holding, super flyweight sensation, Paul Butler steps into his first contest in the Bantamweight class this Saturday night (Saturday 8th March) at Aintree Racecourse, knowing that a victory is essential to set up a blockbuster showdown with IBF World Champion Stuey Hall later this year.

The man in the opposite corner at Aintree on Saturday night will be tough Argentinian Oreste Nieva (16-2) and the fight will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation and BoxNation Live HD.  Butler was determined to impress at today's final press conference that there would be no place for any slip ups as he closes in on his lifetime dream to become World Champion.
After snaring British, Commonwealth and WBA/WBO Intercontinental belts plus world rankings with all four major sanctioning bodies at super-flyweight, white hot Ellesmere Port prospect Paul Butler storms the 118lb bantamweight division this weekend. It's a gamble that he believes will culminate in a world title shot.

On the big 'Thoroughbreds' promotion at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday night, the 25 year old 'Baby Faced Assassin', 14-0 (7), squares up to quality Argentine Oreste Bernebe Nieva in what could prove a dry run to a huge domestic showdown with Darlington's IBF bantam boss Stuey Hall later in the year.
Ellesmere Port lightweight prospect Matty Fagan is hoping to tail his former amateur gym mate Paul Butler to British and Commonwealth titles, then beyond.

A former four time national junior champion (and seven time finalist), the 26 year old ex England amateur rep joined the pro ranks two years after Butler due to a spat of hand injuries. Nevertheless, he has already strolled to four wins and a reputation as one of the biggest ticket sellers in the nation.
Britain's 122lb super-bantamweight division is presently awash with world class talent.

However, names such as Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton and Kid Galahad hold no trepidation for 22 year old Scouse southpaw James Dickens.
After years of success in the amateur sphere, brothers Paul and Mick Stevenson have quietly constructed one of Britain's brightest pro stables at their Everton Red Triangle gym, just outside Liverpool city centre.

Five of their fleet appear on the undercard of Saturday's big 'Thoroughbreds' promotion at Aintree Racecourse and BoxNation subscribers can watch the whole card live and exclusive in the UK by tuning into the Channel of Champions on Sky Ch.437/HD 449) and Virgin Ch.546.

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