Paul Butlin called up for Prizefighter III

THURSDAY, 1pm: Heavyweight boxer Paul Butlin could be stepping into the ring with the likes of British champion Dannny Williams next month.

For the second time running the Melton professional has been chosen as a reserve for Sky TV's Prizefighter Heavyweights show which will be held for the third time on Friday, October 2, at London's ExCel venue.

The programme pits fighters in a knockout competition format of quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, all in one night.

This year it has attracted a strong field, all after the top prize of 23,000. Alongside Williams, Olympic heavyweight gold medallist Audley Harrison is another star name on the bill.

Butlin fought in the original series in April 2008 and reached the semi-finals, and as one of two reserves, will be called upon by boxing promoter Barry Hearns if any of the scheduled eight fighters pull out.

To add spice to the proceedings Lee Swaby, who controversially defeated Butlin in a Midlands title fight earlier this year, has been named as the other reserve.

The 33-year-old said: "I found out on Wednesday so I've only got a few weeks to go and prepare to go into the ring with a high calibre of boxer.

"I will be going down to Sky studios tomorrow (Wednesday) to do some promotional work for it."

These are happy times for Butlin who recently became father to a baby girl Amelia, has moved into a new family home in Melton, and is on the verge of opening a new boxing gym in Melton in the next couple of months.