Butcher aims to bounce back from Satchell loss against Hungarian Molnar

Iain Butcher

After a controversial loss to Kevin Satchell for the British flyweight title in July, Jerviston's Iain Butcher (8-1) returns to action on October 11th against Hungarian Gabor Molnar (13-3) for the vacant WBO European Flyweight title, headlining a packed card at Ravenscraig Sports Facility in Motherwell.

Molnar, an experienced amateur, has nine inside-the-distance wins on his slate and represents a tough opponent. but Butcher's promoter Paul Graham is trying to keep his man in the title mix. He said:

“Iain went into his last fight as the underdog, but he came away with a lot of fans and proof that title level is were he belongs. He has shown his class and has the ability to go far in the sport and I am looking forward to putting him on again in Motherwell were the local support has been incredible."

21 year old Butcher said: “I’ve been ticking over in the gym for a few weeks while they have been sorting out the opponent. I am looking forward to fighting again in Motherwell and also fighting for a title gives me an added incentive as I know a win in this fight could get me a top 15 world ranking with The WBO.

Talking about his first professional loss, Butcher added: “It is hard to taste a defeat, especially a controversial one where most people thought that I won. No fighter likes the feeling of it. However I feel I came out galvanised by the experience and I have taken a lot from it. I know what we can work on coming into this fight and I will make sure we see the best of me on October 11th."

The Prospect Boxing card at Ravenscraig Sports Facility, Motherwell, sees the return of Coltness welter Chris 'Stainless' Steel, who takes on  Mike Towe from Dundee. Wishaw welter Mark Parvin tackles Airdrie's Gerry Brady (0-1), and  Ayr's Martin McCord, Sanquhar's Rhys Pagan and Cumbernauld's former Commonwealth title challenger Mitch Prince are also in action.


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