NATIONAL glory is now the aim for Paul Butler after the Vauxhall Motors ABC fighter struck a rich vein of form to win the Merseyside and Cheshire Senior ABA Championship.
Renewing his fierce rivalry with Stockbridge ABC’s Phil Smith, which prior to this bout stood at 1-1, the Motors flyweight found his niche and let fly, winning the final 18-8 and earning the Bessie Braddock Memorial Trophy for fight of the tournament.
He will be joined at the National ABAs by clubmate Wayne Adeniyi, but the cruiserweight’s passage proved much less smooth.
He tied his bout against Transport ABC’s Ryan Vaughan 18-18 despite receiving a public warning for clinching.
Luckily for Adeniyi, the five judges decided he was the winner in the tie-break vote.
Ring-rusty Adeniyi faced a bout on Saturday night as Vauxhall Motors hosted a show at Rivacre.
The club arranged for him to fight old adversary Ian Aldridge of Shotton ABC.
Adeniyi gave a much better account of himself to win, but was fortuitous when Aldridge received a standing count when both fighters hit each other at the same time.
On a packed fight card there were wins for Motors schoolboy Kyle Timpson and juniors James Delaney and Mason Morgan.
Senior Jamie Kelly outclassed Dean Murphy of Tuebrook at light flyweight while Carl McLeod returned from a brief hiatus from the sport to defeat Newbury and Farnworth ABC’s Joe Barker.
And Runcorn ABC’s Kieran Nolan hit a brick wall as he was stopped by Motors’ big-hitter John McLoughlan in the final round of their contest.