Paul Butler: “I Will Show I’m the Business By Knocking Stuart Hall Out”

Paul Butler says that he’s got Stuart Hall’s number and will knockout the IBF World Bantamweight Champion on Saturday 7th June at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena.

The Ellesmere Port ace is fired up for the all-British thriller – live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/HD 490 and Virgin Ch. 546) – after reading Hall’s comments saying that he is an easier opponent than American Randy Caballero.

Now the unbeaten 25-year-old says that Hall will find out who is the real-deal on the night.

“I’m glad that Hall thinks I’m easier than Caballero, he’ll find out for sure on the night what Paul Butler is all about, he’s going to be in for a massive shock,” Stormed Butler.

“I’m reading all this rubbish he’s saying about holding out for more money to fight me. I didn’t hear him bleating about holding out for more money to fight Martin Ward. It’s as plain as day for everyone to see, Hall knows how dangerous I am and wanted the most money he could to fight me because he knows that once I’ve finished with him this will be his last fight and final pay day,”

“I know that I’ve got to him already, I’ve got Hall’s number and he knows it. He says I talk a lot, but I’m only saying the truth. I handled him two years ago when we sparred, now I’m two years more experienced, smarter, stronger and quicker. Back then I even went out of my orthodox stance and sparred him southpaw to help him for his fight against Haskins and I still got the better of him,”

“I don’t believe that he has improved since the Jamie McDonnell fight and that was nearly three years ago. Technically and skills wise he’s limited and he knows his limitations, what he does have bags of is balls. My hat goes off to him for his performance over Vusi Malinga to win the title, he dug deep to win, but that was his ultimate glory night and he won’t repeat that again,”

“Talk is cheap and we can go back and forth with comments, but I’ll back up my talking in the ring with my actions. I’m leagues above this guy and it’s down to me to show I’m the business by knocking him out on the night to leave no doubt who is the better man. Just watch me, I’lI smoke his boots.”

Stuart Hall defends his IBF world bantamweight title against Paul Butler at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7. The undercard for the show features: Birtley’s British cruiserweight champion Jon-Lewis Dickinson takes on Commonwealth champion Ovill McKenzie; Sunderland’s English lightweight champion Kirk Goodings; Guisborough’s Josh Leather; Sedgefield’s Bradley Saunders; County Durham’s Thomas Patrick Ward; Doncaster’s Dave Allen and Jason Cunningham; Sunderland’s Jordan King; and Wales’ Rhys Evans.

Matty Askin: “BoxNation Deal Puts Me Closer to a Dickinson Rematch”

MATTY ASKIN believes Hatton Promotion’s deal with specialist broadcaster BoxNation puts him closer to a return with British cruiserweight champion Jon-Lewis Dickinson.

The Blackpool ace lost a ten round decision to Dickinson in an English title clash last year, but is confident it’d be a different story if they met again.

Dickinson, who only needs one more successful defence to win the Lonsdale belt outright, is promoted by Frank Maloney who has also joined forces with BoxNation so Matty feels making the rematch should be easier than ever.

“Hatton Promotions signing with BoxNation should mean there’s more dates and more opportunities for me to keep busy. I think it makes another fight with Dickinson a very realistic possibility.

“I think people want to see us box each other again. It was interesting last time, but it’ll be a hell of fight next time. We’ve got to know each other now and I’m sure we’d both go in there and give our all.

“I was very immature last year. I went out and tried to blow him away and in the middle rounds I seemed to freeze. Next time will be completely different.

“But it’s not just Dickinson that BoxNation moves me closer to, though, there’s a lot of other good fights out there for me. I think Frank Warren’s got Tony Conquest and Neil Dawson so they could happen as well.”

Askin, who won the English title by beating China Clarke earlier this year, is currently recovering from an injury, but believes he can take the 14st 4lb weight class by storm when he returns to action.

“I’m expecting massive things in the new season and throughout 2014,” he said.

“The cruiserweight division is one where the opportunities are out there and I want to do the best I can and grab those chances with both hands.

“I think I’ve done a lot of growing up this year. I showed in my last fight that I think more and use my boxing skills and that will stand me in good stead going forwards.”

Matty Askin on a Collision Course with Dickinson

MATTY ASKIN believes he is on collision course with British cruiserweight champion Jon-Lewis Dickinson after he won the English title by beating China Clarke on Saturday night.

The Blackpool ace took a while to get warmed up in front of his home support at the Winter Gardens before finding his range, dropping Clarke in the seventh and collecting a wide unanimous decision.

It was a victory that puts Askin’s career back on track. Last year he lost over ten rounds to Dickinson and has been gunning for a return ever since.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to become the English champion. I’m very proud to win another title for Blackpool,” Askin, 24, said.

“The board have nominated Chris Keane as my first opponent for the title so that’s what I’m looking at next, but I’d love to have a rematch with Jon-Lewis Dickinson for the British title.

“I understand he’s got to face Neil Dawson as his mandatory, but winning the English has put me a step closer to the fight I want more than any other.

“Hopefully, the fight with Keane will be made as a final eliminator so if I win that I’ll be guaranteed a British title shot.”

Askin stopped the aforementioned Dawson inside six rounds in March 2011.

However, he has no problem with his old foe jumping ahead of him in the domestic pecking order.

“I’ve already beaten Dawson, but I can understand why he’s next in line. I lost my last fight before I fought China and he beat Tony Conquest,” Matty stated.

“That said, I’ll have another fight with Dawson at any time. If he beats Dickinson we can get it on again.”