Paul Butler Wins WBO Interim
World Bantamweight Title
Paul Butler has described the “unbelievable” feeling of
becoming a two-time bantamweight champion of the world.
Butler out-pointed late replacement Jonas Sultan at
Probellum Liverpool tonight to claim the WBO interim world
title in front of his passionate fans.
The expectation is that the WBO will officially elevate
Butler to the full champion and the 33-year-old and his fans
are this evening celebrating him becoming a two-time title
Butler won the IBF crown in 2014 but soon relinquished his
belt to chase honours at super-flyweight and he admits it
has been a “long journey” to get back to the top of the
Butler was given the decision by all three ringside judges
who scored the contest 116-112, 118-110 and 117-111 in
favour of the local hero.
The new champion said: “It’s unbelievable, what a feeling!
“I have waited a long time to be a two-time world champion.
“It’s been a long journey and we only had 48 hours to come
up with a gameplan for Sultan but that’s what I can do. I
nullified the bull tonight.”
Peter McGrail has warned the super-bantamweight division
that he is only going to get “better and better” after
recording a third straight stoppage win.
The Liverpool star halted Uriel Lopez in the fourth round
after overwhelming the Mexican with yet another masterful
McGrail, now 4-0, said: “I am going to keep getting better
“And hopefully, in the future, there will be some big nights
coming to Liverpool. We’re the next stock coming through,
and we will be bringing world titles back to this city.”
Probellum’s Sam Jones added: “That was a great decision by
the referee to stop the fight, Lopez was taking a lot of
“This guy will be selling this arena out very, very soon and
he will win world titles in numerous weight divisions. Get
behind Peter McGrail – what a fighter!”