FIRED-UP Paul Butler is aiming to ‘put on a show’ in his big comeback fight as he plots a path to a second world bantamweight title.
The 27-year-old from Great Sutton returns to the ring after seven frustrating months away when he faces Alexis Ruiz in Bolton on Saturday night.
Butler was lined up to take on Petchbarngborn Kokietgym in a super-flyweight world title eliminator in Liverpool in June.
But he failed to make the weight and in the aftermath parted ways with trainer Oliver Harrison and made the decision to move back up to bantamweight.
Chester -born Butler won his first world title at that weight two years ago when he edged a thriller with Stuart Hall on points in Newcastle.
And, with confidence flowing through his veins after linking up with new trainer Joe Gallagher, he is determined to repeat the feat.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Butler, who immediately relinquished the IBF bantamweight crown to return to the super-flyweight ranks in an effort to become a two-weight world champion.
“It feels like it’s been ages. In fact it feels like I’m coming off a loss – and through no fault of my own.
“Okay I failed the weight but I was raring to go a week after that.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back in title contention.
“I’ve only had one fight this year and that’s not good enough for me.
“I want to put on a show on Saturday – for my new trainer and for the fans.
“We’ve been working hard on a lot of interesting stuff in training and I’m looking forward to putting it into action.”
The showdown with Mexican Ruiz at the Premier Suite at Bolton Wanderers’ Macron Stadium will be Butler’s first with the Ring Magazine Trainer of the Year in his corner.
Butler has been training alongside the likes of Anthony Crolla, Scott Quigg and Liam Smith in Gallagher’s gym in Bolton.
And he said of his new cornerman: “It’s brilliant.
“Joe is a boxing geek – and I mean that in a good way. What he knows about boxing is frightening.
“He goes over and over the fighter you’re facing. Speaking to the lads in the gym they say it’s like you’ve fought them before.”
Butler, who made it 21 wins from 22 professional bouts when he knocked out Sebastian Sanchez in Liverpool in March , added: “I won my first world title after 16 fights and it’s frustrating as I might have add another had I made the weight for the world title eliminator.
“But that’s gone now and I’m looking forward now to getting back there again.”