Paul Butler is refusing to let a family wedding get in the way of preparations for his next fight.
The British and Commonwealth super-flyweight title holder begins his delayed journey toward a world title on September 21 in London.
Butler has been added to the bill at the Copper Box Arena in the capital where he will challenge for the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt.
The Ellesmere Port fighter was meant to meet Arnoldo Solano at the end of June for the WBO crown but the Nicaraguan failed a medical.
Instead Butler defended his Commonwealth title with a fourth-round knockout of Najah Ali at Liverpool’s Olympia, but damaged his hand in the process.
The injury forced Butler out of a planned contest on July 20 but with his hand healed, the unbeaten stylist is ready to return in seven weeks’ time.
The former ABA champion, who started his career at Vauxhall Motors ABC, is in Crete for a family wedding but has been getting in shape with punishing runs up the Greek island’s mountains.
“While I’ve been out here I’ve been running up a few mountains and getting my core fitness training started,” said Butler.
“It’s pretty hot out here but it beats pounding the streets back home.
“My hand is good to go now and when I’m back home with my trainer Anthony Farnell we’ll starting working on punching the pads and bag again.”
Butler, 24, from Great Sutton, has been keen to crack on with his world title plans for some time and knows that victory next month will get him a first step on the ladder toward major international honours.
“It’s onwards and upwards towards the WBO Intercontinental title now and it’s a crucial fight to win to give me the ranking that I’m after,” said Butler, who will find out his opponent soon.
“I’m a long way off world titles but I’m excited to be moving into world class and mixing it with these guys now.”