PAUL Butler is gearing up for another big bout at Liverpool’s Echo Arena as he looks to continue his impressive start to his professional career.
The 22-year-old from Great Sutton will be on the undercard of the WBO super-featherweight title fight between Ricky Burns and Nicky Cook on Saturday, July 16.
After seeing off the challenges of Anwar Alfadli and Francis Croes in his first two professional fights, ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ Butler will now face a sterner test in the form of Mike Robinson at super-bantamweight.
Dad Paul Butler Senior reckons his son can overcome the 26-year-old Liverpudlian.
“Paul’s in great shape at the moment and is really confident ahead of this fight. He’s looking tremendous,” said Butler Snr.
“He’s totally ready for it and is really looking forward to boxing in front of a big crowd at the Echo.
“He’s boxed there before and won. He just thrives on the occasion and the backing and support that he gets from the crowd. Paul wants to put on a show.”
Since signing with boxing supremo Frank Warren last year, Butler Jnr – a graduate from the Vauxhall Motors ABC gym in Little Sutton – has made a big impression, something which Butler Snr puts down to his son’s talent and fearlessness.
“Frank Warren and the rest of the promotion company is made up with how Paul is performing so far,” he said. “They really couldn’t be happier with how things are progressing.
“Paul is fearless and a few people were taken aback with how he committed himself to this fight and declared his intention without hesitating.
“We saw the kid Robinson box on Sky Sports against Ashley Sexton and Paul said, ‘get me a fight against him, I’ll beat him’ and so we set it up.
“A few people raised eyebrows and thought it could be too early for Paul to take on someone like Robinson but Paul was determined to push ahead and knows he can win.”
Despite the fight being little over a month a way, Butler Jnr already has one eye on his next bout as he the looks to continue his impressive start in professional boxing.
“Paul is ambitious and wants to be the best,” said Butler Snr.
“He is looking at pushing for a central area title fight later in the year, which he is confident about.
“He is in such great shape, he has been boxing well over six rounds so should be in a great position when he makes the step up to ten rounds.”