Jerviston boxer Iain Butcher cannot wait to prove his doubters wrong after he was granted a shot at the Commonwealth Flyweight Title.
Butcher will take on reigning champion Thomas Essomba on May 7 at Edinburgh’s Meadowbank Sports Centre.
Baby Butch hadn’t fought since April until he fought a six-rounder last month to shake off the ring rust, and the 23-year-old said this shot has been a long time coming.
He said: “I’m more than happy that I’ve got a shot, I’ve waited a long time to get a shot at the British or Commonwealth titles so I’m just happy that this opportunity is there and I’ve managed to get into position to take the fight. “I’m happy to get myself back into that level and into the title mix to prove a lot of people wrong, a lot of people thought I was past getting title shots and all that so I’m more than happy to prove all that wrong.
“I don’t read too much into what he’s achieved, I’ve achieved a lot in the game myself boxing good boys in the amateurs and good boys in the pros.
“He’ll be more worried about what I’m going to do. My coaches will do the work required behind the scenes in terms of getting a gameplan, then we’ll set it in motion and I can action it.”
Butcher added that suggestions he’d lost his interest in the sport were well wide of the mark, and he has been in training non-stop.
He said: “I was in line for the British title for two years and I’ve been trying to get myself into position for the Commonwealth title which was very hard. I hadn’t boxed since last April so some people thought I was never going to get back to that level and that I was maybe not interested, but that’s never ever been the case.
“I’ve always been in training, apart from when I got my injury in September. I got myself back into the ring last month in a six-rounder and we’ve managed to secure this title shot.
“I’ve not stopped training since my last fight because we had a small inkling this fight would be happening, there were talks about Christmas time, and I got a wee heads-up it was happening.
“I just stayed in training then my proper camp started last week, so I had two weeks of just ticking over and keeping myself fresh and I’ve been hard at it for a week. It’ll be a full eight-week camp plus on the back of my last camp. I’m really looking forward to it now.
“As far as I know, he boxed in the Olympics in London so he must be very good if he’s qualified for the Olympics. He’s obviously got a lot of boxing ability at the back of him so I’m expecting a good, hard fight.”