After more than two years of inactivity, former IBF 118-pound champion Paul Butler makes his return to the ring against Ryan Walker on Sunday’s huge MTK Fight Night – and Butler believes he can exploit his opponent’s weaknesses. Butler (31-2, 15 KOs) faces Walker (11-2, 2 KOs) at Production Park Studios in Wakefield, England live in the US on ESPN+ and worldwide on IFL TV. Walker was in action against Lee McGregor in August, and Butler has revealed that he accepted this weekend’s fight after watching just one minute of that bout.
Butler said: “I’m buzzing that MTK Global have got me out so quick. Before I signed I didn’t think I’d be boxing this year, so I’m over the moon they’ve got me out. I don’t know too much about Ryan Walker. I looked through his record and watched about 1 minute of him against Lee McGregor and accepted the fight. From what I’ve seen of him, he’s a game kid and will come to win, so he’s not coming to make the numbers up. I’ll sit down and watch the full fight of him and McGregor a few times before I get in there on fight night. With me only watching a minute and accepting it, I’ve seen enough to exploit. Fighting in a empty arena doesn’t phase me in the slightest. I’m going there to do a job and in good fashion. When I’m fighting in big arenas there is only a handful of voices I hear that I take notice of anyway, and that’s my corner and my dad. “Hopefully this fight pushes me up to number 2 with the IBF as I’m making championship weight. Then we will see what happens from there.”
Also on the bill on Sunday is a superb fight between two unbeaten fighters, as Michael McKinson takes on Martin Harkin, while flyweight contender Jay Harris defends his Commonwealth title against Marcel Braithwaite… Elsewhere, Jack Rafferty goes up against Tom Hill, Jordan Reynolds makes his professional debut against Scott James, Lewie Edmondson faces Andy Bishop, and Paul McCullagh enters the paid ranks.