Paul Butler plans on dethroning world champion Stuart Hall in style and declared: “I’ll smoke his boots.”
The Ellesmere Port star has landed a shot at the IBF bantamweight king on June 7 in Newcastle after the pair agreed terms on the all-British showdown.
But Hall has not taken kindly to Chester-born Butler’s show of confidence and has promised to make the talented 25-year-old “eat his words”.
The pair met at a press conference in Gateshead yesterday to formally announce their summer clash.
“It’s the fight I’ve wanted and I know I’ve got the skill and fire-power to beat Hall and take the world title from him,” said the unbeaten Butler.
“Hall’s a good, strong fighter. He’s the world champion and I respect him but all respect will go out of the window on the night and I will do my job and I’ll go out and smoke his boots.
“To fight for the world title is every fighter’s dream and I’ll realise that dream on June 7.”
Darlington’s Hall, who won the title in December, fired back: “Butler is a very good fighter, and his performances have got himself into this position, but he’s also talked himself into this fight by making derogatory comments and I’m really looking forward to making him eat his words.
“I’ll be too big, too strong and he’ll regret getting this chance. I’ve worked hard to become world champion and I won’t be losing the title. I’ll take care of Butler before moving onto my mandatory challenger later in the year.
“The support I got in my last fight was incredible and myself and the fans will do the region proud again.”
Butler has made no secret of his desire to face Hall and moved up to bantamweight for the first time in March to help get him in a position to challenge the world champ.
And after stopping Oreste Bernabe Nieva inside four rounds, the Ellesmere Port star said that he was ready for Hall.
“It sent out a big statement,” Butler said. “People kept telling me that I was only a super-flyweight but I have just got rid of a fella who has never been stopped before.
“Hall can read into this what he wants. He can see me as an easy fight, boxing a super-flyweight, but I know differently.”
The 25-year-old’s future is likely to remain at super-flyweight but the opportunity to move up a division to face Hall – a former sparring partner – was too good to turn down. And Butler is fully confident that he will have too much for the 34-year-old to handle.
Butler was at ringside at the end of March to watch Hall make the first defence of his IBF crown against Martin Ward. The fight was stopped in the second round after an accidental clash of heads opened up a nasty cut above Ward’s right eye.
Hall then insisted he was keeping his options open and talked about having to face his mandatory challenger Randy Caballero next. But promoter Frank Warren has managed to strike a deal for Butler to get in there first.
The hope was that Hall would travel to the ECHO Arena to face Butler but the champion has demanded home advantage.