When Paul Butler held aloft his IBF world bantamweight title belt it was a moment his father never doubted that he would see.

Ellesmere Port native Butler, 25, claimed a famous points victory over Stuart Hall at Newcastle’s Metro Arena to see him crowned world champion, also earning himself a nomination for the Pioneer’s Your Champions awards.

Butler’s father, Paul Butler Snr, says he never doubted that his son would become Ellesmere Port’s first-ever boxing world champion.

“It was a case of relief more than elation,” said Butler Snr.

“Paul executed everything perfectly. We wanted to start well and boss the first six rounds, which he did and he was a thoroughly deserving winner.

“I never doubted that Paul would become world champion, ever since he first started and I was one proud dad. He did me, his camp, his fans and everyone back home proud.”

Former British and Commonwealth super-flyweight champion Butler, who cut his teeth at the Vauxhall ABC gym in Ellesmere Port, claimed victory on a split decision after he and 34-year-old Hall battled it out in 12 thrilling rounds of boxing.

In only his second fight at 118lbs, the fighter demonstrated his impressive speed and footwork and was given the verdict after two of the three judges scored the fight in his favour, extending his unbeaten professional career to 16-0.

Butler, who was tipped for a world title by his promoter Frank Warren last year, was roared on by a vocal travelling support of almost 500 who had made the journey up via coach to watch the fight.

Butler Snr added:“Paul is the first world champion to come from Ellesmere Port and the first from Vauxhall ABC.”

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