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British Boxing: Butler-Gonzalez; Hatton; Welborn

Undefeated Butler, from Ellesmere Port, faces the tough Chilean for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental title on a multi-title extravaganza at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday 21st September alongside stars Dereck Chisora, Billy Joe Saunders, John Ryder and Liam Walsh.

The 24-year-old British and Commonwealth champion lit up last season with three stunning back-to-back stoppage wins and he is again ready to show that he is Britain’s hottest talent and is on track to challenge for a world title.

He faces a hard test against his first Latin opponent who is also undefeated and has the edge on experience with 17 fights under his belt, plus the South American title, but Butler is confident he'll emerge on top.

“I’ve had a great year so far knocking up three wins all by KO and now I’m beginning the new season with a good hard fight against an unbeaten South American challenger for the WBO Intercontinental title, I can’t wait for it,” Said Butler.

“I never watch my opponents, I leave that to my trainer Anthony Farnell, he says that Gonzalez is a strong, decent, come forward fighter and will be in my face all night. I love that, I won’t have to go looking for him and I won’t have to chase him all night, if he’s in front of me he’s going to get smashed,”

“Saying that, I’m not expecting it to be easy, I know he’s going to be a tough kid, he’s coming to my backyard and he’s undefeated so he fancies his chances, but I’m raring to go right now and Arnie is having to hold me back,”

“I’ll break him down with my jab and bust him up when I let my big shots go, he’ll know that he’s in with a proper hard-hitting super-flyweight. I won’t rush it against him though, I’ll take my time, pick him apart and take him out of his stride and then go in for the knockout.”

Tickets for the Copper Box Arena show are priced at:

£40 Upper Concourse

£50 Lower Seating Bowl

£70 Floor

£120 Ringside

And are available from:

Eventim*

Box Office: 0844 269 1000

www.eventim.co.uk

*Tickets will be subject to a booking fee.

RICKY HATTON believes James "Jazza" Dickens can beat Kid Galahad at his own game when they clash at the Magna Centre in Rotherham on September 14.
 Super-flyweight star Paul Butler is straining at the leash ahead of his showdown with South American ace Miguel Gonzalez.

The pair meet to contest the vacant British super-bantamweight crown and 'The Hitman' feels Dickens has what it takes to become the latest boxer to take a Lonsdale belt back to Merseyside.

Recent months have seen the Smith brothers, Paul and Stephen, add to the domestic titles already held in Liverpool by David Price, Tony Bellew and Kevin Satchell.

He said: "Kid Galahad is tricky and likes to move, but so does Jazza. He's quick, strong and was a top amateur so has the boxing brain to suss out Kid's style.

"I've said before that I think Jazza is a bit of dark horse at this weight and I think he can surprise a few people with a fantastic performance."

Recently, Hatton's long-time nemesis Junior Witter came out in support of Kid Galahad.

The former WBC light-welterweight champion has trained with the Sheffield stylist at the famous Ingle gym for many years and, while he admitted the match-up isn't a foregone conclusion, he stated Kid Galahad will "come out on top".

"Junior is obviously going stay loyal to his stable mate," Ricky responded. "I'm Jazza's promoter so I'm loyal to my fighter.

"I don't think this fight is going to be like a lot of people are predicting. I think it's a real pick 'em fight, but I think Jazza will win a close battle."

Jazza Dickens versus Kid Galahad is promoted by Hennessy Sports and will be televised live on Channel 5.

It’s strictly business for Max Maxwell (16-24-3) on Saturday when he challenges Jason Welborn (12-2) for the vacant British Masters Light Middleweight Title at Walsall Town Hall.

The Jamaican-born fighter has decided this new boxing season will be his last as he prepares to bring the curtain down on a solid professional boxing career that has seen him compete at the highest level of the domestic game.

The 34 year-old admits that, although he still has love for the sport, in the twilight of his career, he is treating boxing as his business. His priority now is to maximise his earning potential.

“Boxing is my livelihood at the moment so I treat it like a business,” he told www.uko-boxing.com . “I’m one of the few guys out there, and there are only a few, who can fight top lads on a week’s notice. That’s my niche.

“I’ve been in with top kids – my last fight was Ronnie Heffron for example – and I know what to expect. They don’t bring anything that I haven’t seen before.

“I’m in good shape and can fight at short notice so, while I can, that’s what I’m looking to do. This will be my last season and my aim is to be busy.”

Business is business. However, Saturday’s fight is a little different. It has an added incentive.

There’s a title up for grabs and Maxwell, who has held the Midlands Area strap and fought both the English and British Titles at Light Middleweight, is keen to add a bit of silverware to his trophy cabinet. The British Masters Light Middleweight strap is a belt the Birmingham-based fighter is keen to get his hands on.

“When you put a title up, there’s an added incentive,” he added. “Everyone wants to win things, whatever the belt. Jason is a decent fighter. He’s tough. No disrespect though, I don’t think he’s going to bring anything to the table that I haven’t seen before. I’ll be ready for him.”

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.

Welborn and Maxwell are one of nine intriguing bouts taking place on Errol Johnson’s ‘Boys From The Black Country: The Aftermath’ show.

Walsall’s, Chris Keane, steps in with Remigijus Ziausys for a second time. The Midlands Area Cruiserweight Champion defeated the experienced Lithuanian last March, thanks to a convincing points win.

Stoke lightweight, Kevin Hanks takes on evergreen Sid Razak and unbeaten light welterweight prospect, Luke Paddock, will enjoy a hometown work-out against vastly experienced Nuneaton scrapper, Kristian Laight.

Tipton-born welterweight Anthony Tildesley makes his professional bow against durable South African Bheki Moyo whilst fellow youngster, West Bromwich welterweight Tom Stokes, takes on Tamworth veteran, Matt Seawright

Tipton featherweight, Lee Glover, takes on Pavels Senkovs for a second time. The ‘Tipton Slasher’ defeated the Latvian on points back in 2010 and will be expecting a similar result when he steps back into the ring for the first time following a near two-year absence.

Impressive Wolverhampton super-featherweight prospect, Des Bowater, faces Chichester’s Jonathan Fry and Stafford welterweight, Rob Hunt, takes on Birmingham veteran, Andrew Patterson.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. Tickets can also be purchased on the door. Doors open at 7.00pm with boxing commencing from 8.00pm.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Gordon_Gekko on 09-04-2013

The Copper Box card is disgraceful. Other than Ryder Saunders, it's very disappointing. Wish i could get a refund now. Frank Warren used to put on good cards with depth such as the Magnificent Seven.

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