Former cruiserweight world champion Glenn McCrory is predicting a tremendous battle when IBF world bantamweight champion Stuart Hall puts his belt on the line against Ellesmere Port’s Paul Butler.
The pair battle at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7 in what has become a British grudge-match, with the Merseysider goading Darlington’s Hall ahead of the bout.
County Durham’s McCrory, the North East’s first ever world champion, believes that Butler is an immensely talented fighter but that this opportunity has come too early for the 25-year-old prodigy.
“I think it’s a good fight,” explained Glenn, who won the IBF cruiserweight belt in 1989. “Paul Butler is a very good talent. He’s the smaller man and people are wondering if he’s got the power and the strength to do it. I can just see this fight has come too soon for Butler. He would have done better with some more fights.
“It’s very easy to underestimate Stuey Hall because he’s not a flash, mouthy individual. But he is solid, trains very hard and what he does, he does very well. He is going to be a very hard man to derail. I think Butler will come again but I think this fight is too early. Hall is bigger, stronger, more accomplished and more experienced.”
Stuart Hall defends his IBF world bantamweight title against Paul Butler at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7. Also appearing will be Birtley’s British cruiserweight champion Jon-Lewis Dickinson taking on Commonwealth ruler Ovill McKenzie; 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; Wales’ Rhys Evans; Northumberland’s Lewis Scott. Young Fury, brother of Tyson, will make his debut.
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