Butler thinks past will haunt Hall

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Paul Butler, left, and IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall, right, will clash at the Metro Radio Arena this summer Paul Butler, left, and IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall, right, will clash at the Metro Radio Arena this summer

Paul Butler believes a past spent partying will come back to haunt Stuart Hall when the pair meet in the ring on June 7 in Newcastle.

Hall, the IBF bantamweight title-holder, has taken an unlikely-looking path to becoming a world champion, having not competed as a professional until he was 28 after spending much of his youth revelling in Ibiza.

The 34-year-old won the belt in December and has vowed to do everything it takes to have an extended reign with it in his possession.

But while Hall might have moved on from his days as a party animal, Ellesmere Port's undefeated 25-year-old Butler is confident that will catch up with the Darlington fighter during their bout at the Metro Radio Arena.

Butler told Press Association Sport: "Everyone knows about his background, with him being in Ibiza for years partying.

"Believe me, I'll make that pay on the night - it will all come back to haunt him.

"All those years of partying are all going to catch up with him on the June 7."

Butler (15-0, 8 KOs) has only recently stepped up to bantamweight but feels he is growing into the category well and has no doubt he has what it takes to get the better of Hall (16-2-2, 7 KOs).

"I don't think he'll be any stronger than me or any more powerful," Butler said.

"I've sparred with him and I've put my hands down by my sides and let him hit me on the chin. I've gauged his power.

"I just think I'll be too sharp, too good. I'm just an all-round better fighter than Stuart Hall - that is what I believe.

"I'd beat everyone on his record, including the two that have beaten him. There is nothing he can do better than me."

A world title is something Butler has long thought he was destined for.

"This is what I have dreamed of since I was about 10," he said.

"I remember boxing in New York when I was 11. After I got beaten in the ring and thought I should have won, one of Barry McGuigan's old opponents came over while I was crying my eyes out, grabbed me by my shoulders and said 'believe me, you'll be a world champion'.

"Ever since he said that, I've always believed I would go on to win a world title and here we are now, with me on the verge of it. I just can't wait for the June 7 to come around now."

There have been accusations from Hall, off the back of a press conference with the two fighters last week, of his opponent's camp showing him disrespect.

And while there was a clear effort made by promoters to play that down at Monday's follow-up media event in Liverpool, Hall feels he deserves greater respect in general.

He said: "Come June 8, on that morning, people are going to be talking about Stuart Hall.

"I think I haven't had the recognition, but if I can take care of business in this fight and beat Paul in a great fashion, then people will start talking about me and I will probably get that bit of respect that I deserve."

Hall is eyeing a world unification bout further down the line, with a rematch against Jamie McDonnell - who beat him in 2011 and is set to fight for the vacant WBA bantamweight title in May - being his "dream fight".

"Jamie is fighting for a world title the week before. If I can beat Paul Butler... massive unification fight," Hall said.

"If I take care of business on June 7 and all goes according to plan, with Jamie winning, that is my dream fight."

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