Ellesmere Port’s ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ Paul Butler landed several body shots that his hero, Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera, would have been proud of in demolishing Oreste Nieva in four rounds to capture the vacant WBA Intercontinental bantamweight title at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.
Butler, 25, was having his first fight at 118lbs after moving up from super flyweight where he held British, Commonwealth and various international titles in search of a world title showdown with Darlington’s newly crowned IBF champion Stuart Hall.
Butler, now 14-0, hurt Nieva in round two and a punishing left hand to the body in round four finished the visitor at 1-25 of the session.
“People were asking questions, but at the new weight I feel a lot stronger” Butler told Boxnation after the contest.
“We are definitely ready for a world title now” he added.
Butler looked impressive in his debut at bantamweight but, presuming the Ellesmere Port fighter didn’t move up because of weight making difficulties, it can only be assumed that promoter Frank Warren sees Hall, who defends his newly won IBF title later this month against another North East fighter in Martin Ward, as an easier route to a world title than those that lay in wait at 115lbs.
Butler looked on course to face Argentine veteran hard man Omar Narvaez at 115lbs but that fight would have proved difficult to negotiate as the 38-year-old rarely fights outside of South America. Other champions at 115lbs include the dangerous southpaw Srisaket Sor Rungvisai from Thailand who is set to face KO artist Carlos Cuadras later this year, but either one of those fights would prove highly dangerous assignments for Butler.
It remains to be seen if the former Vauxhall Motors ABC star can rule the world in an equally dangerous bantamweight division.
Everton Red Triangle fighter Kevin Satchell successfully defended his commonwealth flyweight crown with a wide unanimous point’s victory over Ghanaian Isaac Quaye at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.
Satchell boxed well behind his jab to dominate proceedings against a tough, albeit much smaller, opponent throughout the course of the 12 rounds.
The judges’ scorecards read 120-109, 119-110 and 120-109 all in favour of the 25-year-old from Liverpool who moves to 12-0.
Satchell may well cross swords again with Scottish flyweight Iain ‘Baby Butch’ Butcher following the Liverpudlian’s close points win in defence of his British and Commonwealth titles in July 2013 before moving towards bigger and better things later in the year and into 2015.
Manchester southpaw Terry ‘Turbo’ Flannigan scored an 80-72 victory over Gyorgi Mezsei Jnr in an eight threes contest in the lightweight division.
Flannigan, who is one of the top 9st 9lbs operators in the country, controlled the action with his southpaw jab in a contest designed to keep the former Prizefighter champion’s tools sharp before he can secure a shot at other top talents in a deep domestic lightweight pool.
Over 10 three’s in the light middleweight division Ronnie Heffron edged a very close decision victory over Scot John Thain.
Thain utilised his superior boxing skills in the early going as Heffron pressed the action but found it hard to pin the Scottish boxer down.
Heffron was deducted a point in round eight and it seemed as though the better technical skills of Thain had the contest won but to most peoples surprise referee Jeff Hinds awarded the fight to Heffron 96-95.
Thain looked bitterly disappointed at the result and loses his unbeaten record that now stands at 11-1 as Heffron improves to 15-1 and may land a domestic title fight later this year.
n the result of the night talented Liverpool prospect Ryan Farrag knocked out former British champion and world title challenger Jason Booth in round four of a scheduled eight threes in the bantamweight division.
Farrag dropped Booth, 36, in the opening round and it was a torrid night for the Nottingham veteran who couldn’t get out of the way of Farrag’s right hand.
Booth was sent to the canvas again in round four and was unable to beat the referees count. The victory for Farrag was impressive considering Booth went the full 12 rounds with Lee Haskins last year.
Other results from Aintree were as follows:
Matty Fagan WPTS 60-54 Yordan Vasilev in a six threes lightweight contest
James ‘Jazza’ Dickens WPTS 60-53 Krzysztof Rogowski in a six threes international contest (Rogowski down in round one)
Steven Lewis WPTS 40-36 Keith Sheen in a four threes show opener @ welterweight