Title-chaser Butcher can’t wait for an eight-round test

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MOTHERWELL boxer Iain Butcher steps up to eight rounds as he headlines Prospect Boxing’s card ‘The Specials’ at Rivals Gym in Wishaw on Saturday.

The undefeated flyweight was due to face Galin Paunov, but the Bulgarian is serving a 28-day ban after being stopped in his last outing.

His replacement is countryman Stefan Slavchev, a 19-year-old with a 3-3 record.

Slavchev is no stranger to fighting in Britain, but two of his three defeats have taken place in England.

Butcher, who will be defending a 4-0 record, is now hoping this fight will propel him into British title contention as he looks to build on beating Liverpool’s Phil Smith in June in his first real test.

The 20-year-old said: “I see this as a step to the British title eliminator, which is what I am chasing, and I’ve been putting in the training.

“My opponent has changed and now I’m fighting Bulgarian Stefan Slavchev who, from what I’ve seen, is experienced and a good operator.

“While I was glad to get the rounds in against Phil Smith and it was a learning fight, this time I can see a knockout happening.“

Bellshill’s Kris Hughes was also due to be in action, but a broken hand means he has been replaced by Ayrshire welterweight Billy Campbell who takes on Muirhouse’s Mark Bett.

Promoter Paul Graham said: “While the notice wasn’t great, I am grateful to Billy Campbell for answering my call and keeping the card going.

“He’s really putting in the effort in the gym. He can’t wait for fight night and wants to give his family and friends a good show.”

Rhys Pagan and Ryan Scott return to action after six months and four years out respectively, while Wishaw’s Mark Parvin makes his debut against Sid Razak.

Tickets costing £30 are available by calling 01698 338888 and there will be a limited number at the door from 6.30pm.

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