Stuart Hall vs. Paul Butler: Preview and Prediction for World Title Fight

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Stuart Hall vs. Paul Butler: Preview and Prediction for World Title Fight
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Stuart Hall returns to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle less than three months after his last appearance at the venue to face unbeaten challenger Paul Butler in a fight for Hall's IBF Bantamweight title.

That last outing, against Martin Ward in his first title defence, was stopped in the second round on an accidental headbutt, sending the fans home disappointed after what had been a big build-up for the return of world-championship boxing to the north east of England.

Butler is a more formidable opponent than Ward, who had two losses on his record despite being at a relatively low level of the fight game. Hall was granted a second voluntary defence by the IBF on the basis of the quick turnaround for this fight.

The winner of Saturday's bout will have to defend against Randy Caballero, a rising American talent who has a record of 21-0.

Last weekend, domestic rival Jamie McDonnell picked up the WBA "regular" belt against Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat. McDonnell is probably the most proven Brit in the bantamweight division, despite having dropped a decision to Lee Haskins back in 2008.

As such, Hall-Butler is really only a British-level fight. In terms of the combatants' proven quality to date, the bout is perhaps European level—the winner will need to go on to beat Caballero before he truly earns the respect of international fight fans.

On the undercard there is a tasty British Cruiserweight title between champion Jon-Lewis Dickinson, who has the amateur pedigree, and Ovill McKenzie, the self-styled "Upsetter" who brings power and excitement.

Here is the preview for Stuart Hall against Paul Butler.

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