Butler aiming to play a tune on Cello

Danny Butler doesn't care if the crowd boo him when he defends his English middleweight title next month, just as long as they are there.
Butler has taken the tough road back to British title contention with away wins over unbeaten boxers Frankie Borg and Thomas Costello. And he's on his travels again when he puts his St George's belt on the line against Cello Renda in Peterborough on Saturday, June 22.

Renda hopes to sell 300 tickets for the big fight - and that doesn't bother Butler. "A ring's a ring, it doesn't matter where it is," said the 25 year-old from Bristol. "As long as there's a crowd and an atmosphere, it doesn't matter if they are cheering me or booing me.
"I don't know how I would cope if it was silent. That would be hard to deal with."
Butler expects his scrap with Renda to get fans cheering. He says it will be "an exciting fight" between tough pros who have paid their dues. Both Butler and Renda were in their teens when they turned professional and have done plenty of fighting on the right-hand side of the bill.
"I haven't had it easy," said Butler, "and it's all coming together now. I've learned so much since I started working with Andy O'Kane last year."
Butler has beaten Borg and Costello since he joined his new trainer and O'Kane said: "Danny has put in a lot of work over the years, he's won on the road and knows he needs his 'A' game to beat Cello.
"This is a tough, tough fight and it could come down to who wants it the most."
Butler claimed the vacant St George's belt with a 10-round stoppage of Costello in March and beating Renda could lead to a crack at British and Commonwealth champion Billy-Joe Saunders. Butler has boxed for the belts before. He stepped in at just two days' notice to meet Darren Barker in November, 2009 - and says he's ready to bring another Lonsdale belt back to Bristol.
Lee Haskins became a two-weight British champion when he won bantamweight honours in April and Butler is well aware of his home city's fighting history.
"Look at the names that have come out of Bristol," he said. "There's been Glen Catley, Adrian Stone, Ross Hale, Lee Haskins . . .I'm hoping for another British-title fight, but I'm not looking beyond Cello."


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