Former IBF Flyweight world champion Paul Butler will be aiming to make a big statement when he boxes Ryan Walker on Sunday night live from South Kirby.
Not much is known on London’s Walker who hasn’t boxed to anywhere near the level as his Ellesmere Port rival and will have to put in a career best performance to come away with anything from a fight he is heavily favoured to lose.
Walker was last seen boxing the highly rated Lee McGregor a mere two months where he was stopped in the fifth round this is a quick turnaround whether that will come into effect is another question.
Cheshire’s Butler was last seen boxing journeyman Jose Aguilar in December 2019 where he was dominant over six rounds en route to a comfortable decision.
Elliot Grigg of the EatSleepBoxingRepeat website believes that Butler should make a big statement and push onto another world title showdown.
“I think Paul should beat Walker here, but he has to look good, Walker realistically is not on Butlers level and he should be aiming to look dominant and really put the work on the Londoner,” Grigg said.
“If he has world title aspirations, then he has to be putting guys like Walker away in a dominant and brutal fashion.”
This fight may be tucked away on an undercard of a Sunday fight card, but it has big implications on a world title level, Butler is currently ranked number 3 with the IBF and will have real title hopes if he emerges victorious in this contest.
It’s been a long time out of the ring for Butler, with the pandemic halting his hopes of returning to the ring early this year and after eight months out he will have a little bit of ring rust to shake off.
This will give Walker hopes of causing the upset, as previously mentioned he hasn’t been anywhere near this level before and the closest he has been was his fight with McGregor and he was blasted out in that one so the hopes for a win here are very slim.
So Sunday night will be pivotal for Butler, there may be bigger nights ahead for the Cheshire native but the doors to bigger nights only open up with victory here, so he needs to be fully focused on the challenge ahead.