LONDON, MAY 16 – Sunny Edwards is “one billion
per cent” serious about challenging new world bantamweight champion Paul
But Edwards, the unbeaten flyweight title holder, doesn’t believe Butler
would accept the fight even though ‘Showtime’ would be moving up two weight
divisions to make it happen.
said: “If I was Paul Butler, I would stay every
possible mile in this world away from me”.
Butler has been elevated to full WBO world bantamweight champion after
John Riel Casimero was stripped of the belt having contravened weigh-making
rules in the build-up to Probellum Liverpool.
Jonas Sultan stepped in as the replacement but found Butler in the form of his career as
the Ellesmere Port fighter won convincingly on points to take the interim
In a post on social media last week, Edwards threw his
hat in the ring to be the opponent for Butler’s first defence of his WBO
crown and the 26-year-old has doubled down on his challenge to the new
Yet the IBF king at 112lbs is not convinced Butler, and his team, would be
prepared to risk the title in a fight with him.
am one billion per cent serious about fighting Paul Butler,” said
don't say things that don't mean. Not in boxing, not in my private life.
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a fight I'd be 100% confident with, it would be an inter-Probellum fight,
it would be an all-British world title fight, but I couldn't really see it
happening, if I'm honest, because if I was Paul Butler, I would stay every
possible mile in this world away from me and I think that will be the
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think Paul’s coach, Joe Gallagher, is probably much smarter than that, as
well. But it's a fight that I would like, it was never really on my radar
until a few months ago when I got dragged into a back and forth on Twitter
with his dad. But Paul’s a good fighter, don't get confused.”
Edwards has described Butler’s
victory over Sultan last month, as a “good win” but believes he
would be too much for the bantamweight title holder.
me, there are levels to boxing,” Edwards said.
a fight that would allow me to prove the mindset that I'm willing to go up
and down in weights to where the fights make sense."
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