IBF champion Stuart Hall confident of beating Paul Butler
Last Updated: 22/04/14 6:26pm
Hall lands a right on Ward in their March title clash
Stuart Hall is confident of defending his IBF bantamweight title when he faces unbeaten Paul Butler at the Metro Arena in Newcastle on June 7.
Hall will put his title on the line for a second time after last month's defence against Martin Ward ended in a technical draw following an accidental clash of heads in the opening round.
The fight in Newcastle was stopped shortly after the start of the second round after a nasty cut opened above Ward's right eye which later required 15 stitches.
Hall, who has 16 wins, two draws and two defeats, claimed the title with a thrilling points win over South Africa's Vusi Malinga in December.
"Butler is a very good fighter, and his performances have got himself into this position," said Hall.
"But he's also talked himself into this fight by making derogatory comments and I'm really looking forward to making him eat his words.
'I'll be too big, too strong and he'll regret getting this chance. I've worked hard to become world champion and I won't be losing the title.
"I'll take care of Butler before moving onto my mandatory challenger."
Former British and Commonwealth super flyweight champion Butler stepped up to 118lbs for his last fight and stopped Argentinian Oreste Bernabe Nieva inside four rounds for his 15th straight victory.
Butler said: "To fight for the world title is every fighter's dream and I'll realize that dream on June 7."