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Paul Butler, Stuart Hall to square off in bantamweight world title eliminator

In June 2014, England's Paul Butler won a split decision over countryman Stuart Hall to win a bantamweight world title. Three years later, they will meet again for the right to challenge for another world title.

Butler, who never defended the belt, opting to go down in weight for an unsuccessful junior bantamweight title shot, is back at bantamweight. He will take on Hall on Sept. 30 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced Monday.

Stuart Hall, left, will look to avenge a June 2014 loss to Paul Butler when they face off in September. Andrew Couldridge/Reuters
As part of the unveiling of the fight, Hearn announced that he has signed Butler (24-1, 13 KOs), 28, to a promotional agreement.

The Butler-Hall II winner will put himself in position to challenge the winner of the fall rematch between secondary titlist Jamie McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KOs) and Liborio Solis (25-5-1, 11 KOs).

"I'm very happy to be teaming up with Matchroom Boxing and [British broadcaster] Sky Sports on the biggest and best platform in boxing," Butler said. "I'm craving those big nights and more world titles, and I feel now I have the team in place to deliver that. I'm excited to be straight in a big fight against Stuart Hall on a rematch of our world title fight.

"The winner will be in place to fight the McDonnell vs. Solis winner, and I plan on beating him in great style this time. I don't expect him to hear the final bell."

Butler is riding a seven-fight winning streak since an eighth-round knockout loss to Zolani Tete in the junior bantamweight title bout in March 2015. Hall (21-5-2, 7 KOs), 37, lost a decision to Lee Haskins in a bantamweight world title fight in September and rebounded with a six-round decision win against low-level opponent Jose Aguilar on June 23.

"I'm over the moon to get the fight," Hall said. "I thought I beat Haskins and I should be champ, but that's boxing. Our first fight, I thought I won, but [Butler] took the title, so now it's my chance for revenge. This is the final push for me. If I lose this, I think that my career is over, so that pressure on me should make for a great fight."

In other bouts announced for the card:

    Liverpool's Rocky Fielding (24-1, 13 KOs), the British super middleweight champion, and Scotland's David Brophy (19-1-1, 3 KOs), the Commonwealth champion, will square off with both titles on the line.

    Junior welterweight Ohara Davies (15-1, 12 KOs), of England, will look to rebound from a seventh-round knockout loss to Josh Taylor for the Commonwealth title on July 8 when he challenges Liverpool's Tom Farrell (13-0, 3 KOs) for his regional title.

    England's Sean Dodd (13-2-1, 2 KOs) will defend his Commonwealth lightweight title for the first time when he faces Liverpool's Tom Stalker (12-2-3, 2 KOs), the captain of the 2012 Great Britain Olympic boxing team.

Source: http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/20145656/paul-butler-stuart-hall-square-bantamweight-world-title-eliminator

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