PAUL Butler is waiting for boxing chiefs to give him the green light to defend his British title next month.
The 24-year-old from Great Sutton, who won his maiden Lonsdale belt with a first-round stoppage of John Donnelly in November, is expected to take on Merseysider Mike Robinson.
Liverpool’s Olympia has been earmarked as the venue for a bout which is pencilled in for Friday, February 15.
The super-flyweight contest is subject to approval from the British Boxing Board of Control.
Butler has said Robinson, 27, would be a ‘worthy’ challenger after proving his quality in a highly disputed loss and draw with Ashley Sexton in 2011.
Negotiations between the fighters’ representatives began soon after Butler’s British title win last year.
Robinson, of Kirkby, is said to have been training hard over Christmas in anticipation of his shot at the British title being confirmed.
Butler fought four times last year, picking up wins over Michael Ramabeletsa and Hyusein Hyuseinov before he moved into the title picture.
Victory over Ashley Sexton in July secured the former Vauxhall Motors ABC amateur a shot at the vacant British title.
In front of a packed Olympia, the 2010 ABA champion took just over a minute to claim the belt when a sickening left hook to the body stopped Donnelly.