Paul Butler beats Jonas Sultan to win WBO interim world bantamweight title
British Paul Butler defeated Jonas Sultan unanimously at Liverpool to become the WBO interim world bantamweight champion.
The 31-year-old sultan became a late replacement after the Philippines and defending champion John Rael Casimero failed to fight.
Butler, 33, won the belt at 116-112, 118-110 and 117-111 at M&S Bank Arena.
“I had 48 hours to develop a game plan,” Butler said.
The WBO may decide to raise Butler’s title to a full world title. Making him a two-time world champion after the IBF belt in 2014.
“Unbelievable,” he said. “What a feeling. I was so looking forward to being a world champion twice.”
Butler was scheduled to meet Casimero for the first time in Dubai in December 2021. However, the battle ended when Casimero failed to gain weight.
They were scheduled to meet later Friday. However, Casemiro broke British boxing board rules by using the sauna during a fight to lose weight.
Butler opened well against Sultan, produced several punches and hit the target in combination. Though Sudan fought for a big goal.
Sultan started the sixth well, but Butler, utilizing fine footwork and solid boxing skills, kept making his opponent lunge in and miss.
Sultan had some success at the end of the eighth round and played his best performance in the ninth but failed to build on that as Butler regained control to secure a dominant victory.
Maxwell loses, but McGrill is stunned
On the field, British Sam Maxwell faced his first loss in 17 fights when Alejandro Menesesfrom Mexico blocked him in the ninth round.
With the IBO world super-lightweight title, Maxwell, 33, finished in fourth and ninth place before referee Howard Foster stopped the fight.
The gold medalist of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and a member of the British boxing team at the 2020 Olympics, Peter McGrail, defeated Uriel Lopez of Mexico in the fourth round for his fourth victory in four professional fights.