Butler suggests Conlan has been avoiding him

Former World champion Paul Butler says he won’t hang around for Jamie Conlan suggesting ‘The Mexican’ is putting a fight between the pair in the process.

The Belfast super flyweight favourite and Liverpool’s Bulter have been on collision course for a number of years and look set to collide next summer, but former British champion Bulter believes Conlan isn’t keen on the fight.

The Frank Warren promoted fighter, who fights on the Andy Lee versus Billy Joe Saunders clash this weekend, told IFL TV that undefeated Irish fighter has previously rebuffed offers to fight.

Conlan has continually argued otherwise, indeed when Butler held the British title revealed his frustration at being avoided by then World title hopeful and the fighter, who has always expressed a big fight desire, will most likely sing off a different hymn sheet prior to his ring return on February 6.

Speaking in the build up to his WBO super flyweight European title fight with Silvio Olteanu Butler said,

“I have wanted that fight since before I won the British title we asked for it loads of times. When he was with John Breen we wanted it then they didn’t want it. I wanted it after the Tete fight they didn’t want it. We could have had it in Ireland for his last one, we asked for it for the next one and he said he wants one or two more. Hopefully I get out February 13 and the next one after that we can get it on.

“The difference is I am talking about it and I want it next. He was saying before he fought the Mexican (Junior Granados) ‘we’ll have Butler next’ then after the fight he said we will see what my team want to do. Then after his last fight it is one or two more again? We are ready to go whenever but if it keeps getting put back I am not holding my career for Jamie Conlan.”

Butler isn’t just willing to travel to Ireland for the clash he has expressed a desire to have to the fight this side of the Irish sea.

“I would rather go to Ireland it would be a good away day and I can take all my fans over to Ireland, lets do it in Ireland.”


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