PAUL Butler’s big British super-flyweight title eliminator will be given the headline treatment.
Promoters Queensberry Promotions have confirmed the Great Sutton boxer’s clash with Ashley Sexton on July 5 will take place at legendary London venue York Hall – and that it will be the feature fight on their BoxAcademy show.
Francis Warren, of Queensberry Promotions, said: “It’s going to be another great night where we’re able to showcase some of the best young domestic talent that the Queensberry Promotions and Frank Warren Promotions stable has in its ranks.
“We’re putting two of the UK’s best unbeaten super-flyweight prospects together in Sexton and Butler, as the two bid to show who is best positioned to challenge for British honours.
“Ashley versus Paul is really what BoxAcademy is all about – a great learning fight for both guys and a chance for one to really fast track their career.”
It will be the first time Butler, 23, has fought outside the north west and topped a bill as a professional.
The Frank Warren-signed star has won seven straight fights since calling time on his decorated amateur career.
But former ABA champion Butler will have to beat Sexton in his own backyard if he is to continue his perfect record and move within one win of the coveted British belt.
The Pioneer understands London-born Sexton, who has won 12 and drawn two of his 14 pro bouts, was not keen on fighting Butler outside the south.
But Butler’s dad, Paul Snr, said: “We’re more than confident.
“As Paul’s father I don’t like to say too much as Paul’s work in the ring does the talking for him but I really think we are going to go down there and show Ash that he is not in the same league.
“It’s in Ash’s backyard so he’s got the advantage but Paul is so strong mentally and once he walks through those ropes I just know he is going to do a job.”
Hertfordshire-based Sexton, 24, is a former English flyweight title holder.
There is every possibility his eagerly anticipated showdown with Butler will yet be for an English title, either at super-flyweight or bantamweight.
Butler has been training for the biggest fight of his life by sparring with Prizefighter featherweight star Rhys Roberts.
In the lead up to the contest he will also spar with Stuart Hall, who is due to take on Lee Haskins in a battle for the EBU Bantamweight strap on July 7.
Haskins is the reigning British super-flyweight champion and so is the man Butler or Sexton are likely to face later in the year.
A coach-load of supporters from Ellesmere Port will be cheering Butler on at York Hall.
Tickets for the fight, which will be broadcast live on Sky and Virgin subscription channel BoxNation, cost £35 and £50 and can be obtained by calling 01992 505 550.