Next challenger for Iain Butcher

Iain Butcher
Iain Butcher

New WBO European Flyweight champion Iain Butcher will face Luke Wilton in an eliminator for the British and Commonwealth flyweight titles in February.

Both men are looking for a rematch with champion Kevin Satchell, and Butcher who is taking time out of ring with the arrival last week of new baby Aston, is hoping by the time the fight comes around it is not for a title.

He said: “With the new baby arrived I am taking time to enjoy some family time and enjoy Christmas before getting back into the gym in January as the Wilton fight gets closer.

“I had hoped that Satchell would be forced to make a mandatory defence against me, but that didn’t happen, so we’ve had to go down a different route of going through an eliminator.

“I have no real issue with that so long as it remains an eliminator as I really hope that by the time we get to February it ends up being a title fight.

“Don’t get me wrong I after winning the European title I would love to be the British and Commonwealth champion, they are definitely next on the to do list, I am ready for anybody but I want to take the belts from Satchell.

“After what went on in July I am desperate for a rematch with him as I know I can beat him, anyone who saw the fight knows I can beat him, but I want the opportunity to prove it officially.”

Rumours continue in the boxing world that Satchell will vacate in order to dodge Butcher and move up to super-flyweight.

Butcher said: “There is always the chance he may vacate the title and move up the weights, but I really hope that doesn’t happen and would call on him to be a man and face me.

“Actually I know he’s a man, he’s a boxer just like me, so I don’t think he would have any problem getting back in the ring with me.

“It’s more his management team who need to man-up and not be scared about putting their man in with me.”