Butcher continues to wait in British title saga

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Motherwell boxer Iain Butcher says he’ll fight anyone as his long-running saga to become British flyweight champion continues.

Butcher was due to meet Luke Wilton for the vacant belt in Liverpool on Saturday, until the Northern Irishman pulled out claiming he had suffered a shoulder injury.

Happily for Butcher he was able to get back to winning ways following his shock defeat to Csaba Kovacs in December as Brett Fidoe stepped up at the eleventh hour.

Butcher was in impressive form to earn himself a comfortable points victory and is now looking to once again focus on becoming
champion.

He said: “The fight with Luke Wilton was only cancelled last Tuesday night and with it being at such short notice I didn’t think I would get to box on Saturday so fair play to Brett Fidoe for stepping at two days notice and taking the fight.

“I was scheduled for 12 rounds so we trained for 12 rounds in camp, and to come down to six rounds means you need to be switched on as if you go two rounds down then you are chasing it

“There was some discussion as to whether I should fight or not, but decided there was no point in letting those 10 weeks in camp go completely to waste.

“By taking the six rounds it keeps me active and after the silly defeat to Casba Kovacs in December it gets me back to winning ways, the ring rust is off and gives me confidence going into the big one.”

However, who the big one will be against remains a mystery as while Butcher fully expects to remain in line for the title shot a new challenger has emerged who may knock Wilton out of the
picture.

He said: “I’m in the dark, as most people will be, the board had ordered me versus Luke Wilton as he was pushing for a crack at the belt as well, but that fight didn’t take place so the title is still
vacant.

“After me waiting for so long and Luke pulling out he way he did I don’t know what will happen now as you also have Lewis Norman, the English champion, chapping at the door for a crack at the title as well.

“I know I’m going to be fighting for it regardless, whether it be against Luke or Lewis, I’m happy to fight both of them and see myself winning the title against either one of them.

“Hopefully it is sorted sooner rather than later, I’ll be ready to go into camp as soon as I get the date and ready to push forward and get my hands on the belt and finally say I’m British champion.”