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Paul Butler plans on “chopping down” Zolani Tete to kick-start his bid to unify the super-flyweight division.

The 25-year-old has landed a shot IBF world champion on October 25 at Liverpool’s ECHO Arena.

Paul Butler, with Matty Fagan in the background, at the Magnificent Seven Fight Again press conference at Hilton Hotel Liverpool to promote his fight in October.
Paul Butler, with Matty Fagan in the background, at the Magnificent Seven Fight Again press conference at Hilton Hotel Liverpool to promote his fight in October.
 

Butler’s title chance is subject to official confirmation from the IBF but promoter Francis Warren says it is just a case of “dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s”.

The Little Sutton fighter won the IBF bantamweight crown from Stuart Hall in June but quickly relinquished the belt to move back down to the 8st 3lbs division.

And his promoter has landed him a shot at a second world title in his first fight back.

South African southpaw Tete won the IBF crown in July and has agreed to put his belt on the line next month in Liverpool.

Butler says Tete has the potential to give him a “hard night” but is confident he can dethrone the champion by stoppage.

“The motivation is to become a two-weight world champion,” declared Butler.

“I want to unify the super-flyweight division. That is what I wanted before I went up to bantamweight, I wanted to win a world title at this weight.

“I have unfinished business at super-flyweight and Stuart Hall is done with now.

“I am no longer a world champion and so I want a world title back.

“That’s where the motivation comes from and that’s what gets me up and out of bed to go running in the morning and lifting those heavy weights.”

Tete boasts a 19-3 record as a professional and will have little fear in fighting away from home having boxed in Mexico and Argentina earlier in his career.

Butler has started studying videos of the 26-year-old and believes a measured approach will land him the title.

“It is not going to be easy because he is a very good kid who can punch a bit,” Butler said.

“He’s not got my most favourite style to box - he’s a tall, awkward southpaw and if you let them settle then you are in for a very hard night.

“But the plan is to take him out of his stride and chop him down like a tree with an axe. You are not going to do that in one go so it is about chipping away and chipping away.”

Paul Butler and some of the boxers who will feature on the Magnificent Seven Fight Again show in October.
Paul Butler and some of the boxers who will feature on the Magnificent Seven Fight Again show in October.