Butcher only has eyes on British

Iain Butcher has Isaac Quaye on the back foot as he took every round in the eyes of referee Kenny Pringle.
Iain Butcher has Isaac Quaye on the back foot as he took every round in the eyes of referee Kenny Pringle.

Motherwell boxer Iain Butcher does not intend to get back in the ring until he is given an opportunity with the British flyweight title is on the line.

After a comprehensive 80-72 points victory over Ghanian Isaac Quaye at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on Friday, Butcher only has eyes on one prize.

He said: “I never boxed to my best, but it was good to get eight rounds in as I’d only had a total of two in nearly a year since I fought Kevin Satchell.

“It was a step up, Quaye hasn’t fought twice for the Commonwealth title for nothing, but it was a step up I knew I could beat and now I want to move onto bigger and better things.

“In a way I have been messed about since Christmas, as it was November or December I was named mandatory challenger for the British title.

“I have been strung along, but I don’t want to sit here and drag Kevin down as I’m sure it’s been his management, he’ll have no more idea what goes on behind closed doors than I do.

“Now though I won’t be fighting again until it’s for the British title, and I have asked the Commonwealth to make me the mandatory challenger for that belt too.

“It’s just a matter of when Kevin gives his notice to the board and they give me a date to fight someone else.

“To me the British title is the best belt in the world, I just wanted a rematch with Kevin because I felt hard done by in Liverpool, but I’m past caring now.

“The British title fight in front of 10,000 fans was a peak, and to come back to doing six or eight rounds is no use, I need to be doing 10s and 12s because I’m a championship boxer.

“Kevin is promoted by Frank Warren so it was hard to win that purse bid, but now I would think there is a 60/40 chance of getting a British title fight up here.

“Being from here I’d like it to be as close to Motherwell as possible and why not consider the likes of Fir Park or New Douglas Park with a few thousand on hand?”

Also on Friday, Forgewood ABC light middleweight Lee Gallacher earned a 40-36 points victory over Max Maxwell, who replaced Dee Mitchell less than a week before the bout, in his second pro fight.

He said: “He was a really awkward opponent, but I felt stronger and took my time, I made a few mistakes, but I can’t expect to be perfect yet.

“I feel deep down I could have done better as I was taking a long time to suss him out, but as I go on and face better boxers, from fight to fight I will improve.”

However, Viewpark’s Michael McGurk’s welterweight contest with Jason McArdle was cancelled after McArdle weighed in nine pounds overweight.