Paul Butler produced a career-best performance to defeat Jonas Sultan at Probellum Liverpool – and now waits for the WBO to elevate him to full world champion.
The 33-year-old got the better of his Filipino rival on points after 12 rounds at the M&S Bank Arena, to claim the WBO interim world bantamweight crown.
Butler was meant to challenge John Riel Casimero but the champion was forced out during fight week and the sanctioning body ruled Sultan would step in and fight for the interim belt.
The ‘Baby Faced Assassin’, who won via a unanimous decision, was hoping to have heard an official decision from the WBO at the end of last week.
Reflecting on the fight with Sultan, Butler said: “He threw a left hook in the first round and I caught it on the gloves and I thought: ‘Yeah, you carry power you’.
“But as the rounds went, as it got to rounds four, five and six, I started standing with him now and again and Joe [Gallagher] kept asking me: ‘What’s his power like?’
“His power was bearable, it was something I could take. I was never there for him to land more than two on the bounce other than when I wanted to stand there with him and push him back.”