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Butler Breaks Down WBSS & Targets Burnett

By Kieran Breen

Paul Butler (26-2-0) will return to action on Saturday night in Glasgow as he tackles Frenchman Yoan Boyeaux (41-5-0).

 

The pair will clash on the undercard of Josh Taylor’s World Boxing Super Series showdown with American Ryan Martin.

 

Butler will return to the ring trying to rebuild and regroup, after finding himself on the wrong end of a unanimous decision back in May this year, courtesy of Puerto Rican, Emmanuel Rodriguez, who is also part of the WBSS.

 

It was recently announced that the “Baby Face Assassin” would be a reserve during the WBSS tournament, and would therefore be required to step in should any of the other participants be in no position to compete.

 

The 29-year-old has only lost to two world champions in Emmanuel Rodriguez and Zolani Tete and both have won their opening fights in the WBSS.

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Both Tete and Rodriguez will now contest separate contests at the semi-final stage and will only meet each other should they both reach the final.

 

However, Butler does not believe that either of his former foes will win the competition.

 

“They are both unbelievable talents.

 

“I think Rodriguez loses to Inoue in the semi-final.

 

“Tete vs Burnett will be interesting if that happens in the other semi-final but I think it will be Tete and Inoue in the final.

 

“It’s a tough one to call with a winner – if Tete can keep it at distance what he is so good at doing, then he wins on points.

 

“But Inoue carries silly power and is super talented – I won’t sit on the fence and I will say Inoue inside six rounds.

 

“And I think he will stop everyone on the way (to the final).”

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The former IBF world champion has some business to attend to on Saturday night but still has a certain name on his radar.

 

“I’ve always said it – I’d love to box Ryan Burnett.

 

“He’s a great champion but I think our styles would make for a great fight it’s a fight I would be very confident in.

 

“If he wasn’t in the super series then it would be an easy fight to make with us both being with Matchroom.

 

“Best of luck to him in the super series though.”

 

When all is said and done, Butler wants to win another world title and believes he has the right people around him to ensure that a shot at world honours is maintained as a realistic target.

 

“I’ve got a great team around me and whatever their plans are going forward and earning another world title shot I’ll go with what they say.

 

“I’d fight anybody in the world, if they have a world title and the money is right then I’m there.”

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