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Butler’s return to Super Fly shouldn’t block Conlan’s British title pursuit

PAUL Butler has returned to super flyweight, but it should prove good rather than bad news for Belfast British title hopeful Jamie Conlan.

The Liverpudlian has proved a frustrating road block in Conlan’s path to domestic honours, as the champion moved up to bantamweight to challenge for a the IBF world title, but failed to vacate the British crown.

As a result Butler wasn’t available to defend against No1 contender Conlan nor was the title free for ‘The Mexican’ to challenge for.

Cyclone Promotions have been fighting the Belfast talents corner and pushing the BBCofC to allow Conlan to fight for the strap on the eagerly awaited September 6 Titanic Showdown.

The Board seemed to be waiting for the outcome of Butler’s World title fight with Hall and were going to allow Butler to keep the strap if he lost.

Butler won an entertaining battle to become a bantamweight world champion meaning he had to vacate, but he has elected to return to super fly since. However, Team Conlan shouldn’t be too worried as Butler believes he has out grown the domestic scene and has set his sights on a World title at the lower weight.

Meaning the title should still be free for the next in line, Conlan to fight for and Cyclone Promotions link with Frank Warren and Boxnation mean if Butler does claim a World title a fight with the WBO World ranked Belfast man shouldn’t be too hard to make.


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