Paul Butler is looking to do what no man is yet to do, and that is defeat Naoya Inoue inside the ring.
Speaking to DAZN, Butler confirms that he’s in negotiations to face Inoue before the end of the year.
The WBO bantamweight world champion is eyeing up a dream showdown with Inoue.
A potential bout between Inoue and Butler would see all four bantamweight titles on the line.
Butler has stated that he is more than ready to travel to Japan and shock the world.
Paul Butler in Talks to Face Naoya Inoue Next
“We’re ready to go. I’d pack my bags tomorrow” Butler said. “He’s the fighter that’s number one in my weight class but that doesn’t mean I’m not a huge fan of his. How couldn’t you be? I’ve been in with a few world class fighters, but Inoue is just something else.
“Talks have been had about an undisputed fight and Inoue’s team want the fight to happen next before he looks on moving up, so that means this year. Undisputed is everything to him and he can’t do that before he fights me. I’m desperate for the fight and I’m going to go over there and give it everything I’ve got because that’s what it’s going to take to beat a fighter like Inoue.”
The comments came after Inoue defeated Nonito Donaire earlier today to defend WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring bantamweight titles.
On top of that Inoue won the WBC bantamweight title following his knockout victory over Donaire.
The win moved Inoue to 23-0 and has looked unstoppable during his professional career so far.
As for Butler (34-2), the Englishman is coming off of a decision victory over Jonas Sultan back in April to win the vacant WBO interim bantamweight title.
Butler’s two defeats came against Zolani Tete and Emmanuel Rodríguez.
With that being said, it’s fair to say that he is excited at the prospect of facing Inoue.
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