PAUL Butler has done his chances of qualifying for the Olympic Games the power of good by beating one of his main rivals for a Great Britain vest.
The Vauxhall Motors ABC ace is now the number one- ranked English fighter in his class after becoming the first man to beat Darren Langley domestically for six years at the weekend.
Great Sutton’s Butler, 18, was selected with Langley in the 48kg category to represent England in a multi-nations tournament in Sheffield.
The pair met in the final and Butler, who has been waiting for a shot at Langley since the Croydon fighter pulled out of their ABA finals clash last year, outclassed the number one ranked light-flyweight in England.
Now Butler has been given the nod over Langley to take part in an Olympic qualifying event in Italy next month. Victory for the teenager would see him book his ticket to the Beijing Games.
Looking back on his win over Langley, Butler said: “It felt amazing. I was getting ready before the match and the England coach said to me “it’s all on this”.
“I’d been sparring with Darren all week on the training camp and staying in the same hotel and I had been trying not to show him too much, to hold back.
“It was tough but come the fight I knew I could beat him.”
And beat him he did. Butler won 16-14 to hand Langley his first domestic defeat for six years.