Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Hall Laughs at Butler's Claims: He's Easier Than Caballero

Ahead of their IBF world bantamweight title fight showdown, Darlington’s Stuart Hall has rubbished claims by opponent Paul Butler’s camp that he has been reluctant to fight the Ellesmere Port prospect.

In an intriguing Northeast versus Northwest encounter; champion Hall makes the second defence of his crown against Butler at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7.  And with friction between the pair evident, Stuart insists he cannot wait for the chance to silence his rival.

“I was holding out for more money,” explained Hall, whose first defence against Martin Ward ended early after the County Durham man sustained a bad cut.  “I’ve won the world title now and it’s all about trying to earn as much as I can for my family.  He also made it public before I’d even agreed the fight, and who is he to say he’s fighting me when I hadn’t agreed it.  So that’s all it was.  Of course I want to fight him; I’m not bothered about Paul Butler.  He’s an easier fight than [mandatory opponent – Randy] Caballero.”

Butler has mostly campaigned at super-flyweight where he has garnered rave reviews for his performances.  The unbeaten 25-year-old has knocked out eight of 15 foes and heads into the Hall fight claiming he came out on top in a previous sparring session between the pair.

‘Stuey’, meanwhile, brings greater experience.  The former British and Commonwealth champion has lost just twice in 20 bouts, and has impressive victories against top-ranked American Sergio Perales, as well as his stirring world title win last December against South Africa’s Vusi Malinga.

Hall also has a very different memory of that earlier ring encounter with Butler.  The 34-year-old acknowledges Paul’s potential but says he will prove on fight-night that this chance has come too early for the ‘Baby Faced Assassin’.

“He thinks he’s the bees-knees.  He talks more than anyone in my whole career, so I can’t wait to get in the ring and start punching him and see how good he really is.  He is good, I’ve sparred him, but he’s been saying he handled me.  It was two years ago and back then I felt I had too much strength for him and his punches weren’t doing anything.  I’m not one for talking, I’m just happy to be in this position and fighting again for the world title.

“He’s shooting his mouth off and they can try and put me down all they want, but I’ll be ready on June 7.  As for the spars, he was sharp and half-decent but he didn’t bother me one bit.  And I felt, when I put it on him, a bit sorry for him.  A spar’s a spar.  Martin Ward sparred me and he thought he was going to deal with me, but he realised how hard I hit with 8oz gloves on, and if it hadn’t been for the head clash I’d have stopped him within four rounds.  I just cannot wait for this fight.”

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; 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.

Tickets are priced at £40, £60, £75, £150 and VIP £200 are available via Box Office 0844 493 6666 (VIP Packages 0114 243 4443) or visit dennishobson.com

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Black Barty on 05-14-2014

So far Butler has looked like a real bad.ass against moderate opposition. I sooo want him to be the real deal.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Garcia On Dad's Tirade: Free Speech, He Can Say What He Wants De La Hoya: GGG Can Fight Canelo or Keep Making What He Makes! Pacquiao's Adviser Aims To Finalize Fight, Venue By Next Week Lee Selby To Return On Haye-Bellew, Will Face Andoni Gago Photos: Caleb Plant Putting in Work For Ring Return Otto Wallin Very Excited To Headline Hometown Card on April 22 Frank Buglioni Injured In Sparring, Out Of Ricky Summers Defence Photos: Gennady Golovkin in Top Form, Putting in Work For Jacobs Caleb Plant on Sparring George Groves, Future Plans Bellew Warns Haye: Try Something - I'll Smack Your F***ing Face! Wilder: Would've Been 'Stupid' to Face a 'Killer' in This Fight Lomachenko: I'll Be No. 1 P4P Once I Beat Two Lightweight Champs Hughie Fury’s Trainer: He Must Rip Title Away From Joseph Parker Frank Buglioni Joins Matchroom Ahead Of March 4 Return Andy Townend, With 3/4 Win, To Face Jon Kays For Commonwealth Danny Garcia: I'm a More Patient, Balanced Fighter Than Thurman Jacobs Feels Golovkin's Hype is Built on Calculated Matchmaking Deontay Wilder, Defense Aside, Has Far Bigger Targets For 2017 Arum: Reports of Pacquiao vs. Khan Deal is Complete Bullsh*t! Roach: I Won't Count McGregor Out in Mayweather Fight Photos: Miguel Flores vs. Dat Nguyen - Official PBC on FS1 Weigh-In Christian Montano Inks Managerial Pact With Cameron Dunkin De La Hoya Expects Canelo vs. Chavez To Break 1 Million PPV Buys Canelo: Rivalry is Legit, Chavez Jr. Said A lot of Things About Me Jose Uzcategui vs. Andre Dirrell IBF Eliminator in Play Chavez: They Say Canelo is The Best, A Win Opens Many Doors Chocolatito Focused on Improving Defense, Speed in Camp Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. - Go Face To Face in Mexico City Lomachenko 'A Little Disappointed' He's Not Fighting Salido Next Sergey Lipinets To Return on Thurman vs. Garcia Undercard Chavez Sr: You've Seen The Best of Canelo, Not Julio - He Will Win Video: Izu Ugonoh Interview, Training For Dominic Breazeale Two Rio Olympians Ready To Be Showcased on Telemundo Jose Pedraza Eyes 135 Debut in May or June, Robert Easter Shot Michael Watson "Overwhelmed" By Support After Vicious Attack Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. Come Together in Mexico City Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Yunieski Gonzalez in Play, April 8 on HBO Marco Huck Training With Urkal For Mairis Briedis Showdown Pearson vs. DeLoach Tops ShoBox Triple on February 24 Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. - Ticket Information
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement