GREAT Sutton flyweight Paul Butler is being tipped for great things by a former world champion.
Coach Anthony ‘Arnie’ Farnell, the former WBU middleweight champ, will be in Butler’s corner on Saturday.
And having witnessed him go head-to-head with current British flyweight champion Shinny Bayaar in 40 or so enthralling sparring sessions, Farnell believes that the 2010 ABA super-flyweight champion can now go on to become as good, if not better, than anyone who has ever passed through his gym.
Farnell, who has welcomed Butler into his Manchester gym since the young fighter turned pro, said: “Paul is boxing brilliantly and he’s the most dedicated lad I’ve ever seen.
“He lives and breathes boxing and I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t go all the way.
“It can be a slow process as he needs to gain the experience of boxing six rounds before he can go on to fight 12.
“But I’m not bothered any more as to who he fights as we’re confident that he can beat anyone in the country, of the same size and weight.
“I used to get nervous before big fights but Paul seems to just take it all in his stride.”
The coach believes that he is now reaping the rewards of the excellent amateur training that Butler has received down the years at Vauxhall Motors ABC.
He added: “A lot of credit has to go to the Ellesmere Port gym who trained him and made him what he is.
“Our gym now is full of top lads and they are all learning from each other and Saturday should prove to be a brilliant start to Paul’s professional career.”