WEDNESDAY, 4pm: Melton professional boxer Paul Butlin is hellbent on victory when he faces his first title fight in May.
The 33-year-old this week lined up a contest for the vacant Midlands title with veteran Lee Swaby. It would not only be the biggest occasion of his career, but also his longest contest at 10 rounds. His previous longest was six rounds.
Swaby has 23 wins and 23 defeats on his record and has fared badly since stepping up from cruiserweight to the heavyweight division.
Butlin, who has 12 wins and seven losses, will not underestimate a fighter who once knocked out former world cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli and will be fighting in his own backyard in Lincoln when they clash on Saturday, May 9.
But he is supremely confident and pumped up: "I think I'll be too strong at the end of the day. I have only done six round fights before, but it will make no odds.
"I want the title that badly he will have to kill me to stop me."
The Melton man has worked with well-known sports promoter Barry Hearn and his Matchroom stable in the last couple of years, having featured in two of their Sky televised Prizefighter Series.
But he is happy to remain without a permanent promoter and, on this occasion, to let Swaby make the arrangements for their meeting in the ring.
He said: "I knew him through Prizefighter and when I found out the title was vacant I said. 'why don't we get it on?'. He will be fighting in his home town for the first time, but I'm hopeful I can bring the title to Melton."
Tickets are on sale for the evening priced 65 which will include a three-course meal, a guest speaker and three fights.
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