PROFESSIONAL boxer Paul Butlin may be reaching the twilight of his career, but he is hellbent on ending it in style.
The Melton heavyweight is adamant he is in better shape than ever and more than capable of mounting a charge towards a big title fight before he hangs up his gloves once and for all.
Butlin underlined his intentions with a change of management after signing up with the well respected Lincoln stable of Carl Greaves.
The 36-year-old has been concentrating on building up his Hardknocks Gym business in Melton in recent years, but hopes four wins will propel him back into the British top 10 heavyweight rankings and make him eligible for a British title shot.
His campaign begins with a bout against experienced pro Hastings Rasini at Newark on Saturday, November 2.
He said: “It’s all going well. I feel as fit as a fiddle and I’ve had some cracking sparring.
I did 30 rounds last week which was probably a bit too much, but I had yesterday off and I’m ready to get back on it again.
“If you look at the state of British heavyweight boxing I’m definitely one of the fittest out there.”
Butlin’s career has been plagued by letdowns and fight cancellations, but he feels Greaves has the experience and the knowhow to put him where he wants to be.
Greaves’ pedigree as a boxer is without question, having become the WBF world super featherweight champion in 2003 in a 39-fight career which boasted 32 wins.
Butlin added: “He is quality, really professional and on the same wavelength as me. He is straight - you don’t get any rubbish from him.
“He has been there and done it. He’s a former world champion and been there with everyone.”
Sponsorship packages are available for the Newark boxing show on November 2 at £300 which includes four front row ringside named seats, a full page advert in programme, a private bar and buffet.
l To book a ticket or for more details about ringside sponsorship, contact Paul on 07539 823171 or visit the Hardknocks Gym Facebook page