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Hatton calls Butler the new “Hitman”

Former two-division world champ Ricky Hatton has been watching the unbeaten Paul Butler, and has dubbed him the new “Hitman,” ahead of his title fight on June 7 in Newcastle.

Butler will take on Stuart Hall for his IBF bantamweight title at the Metro Radio Arena, which will be televised on BoxNation. The all-action Butler enjoys going to the body and has stopped eight out of 15 opponents early, much in the style that Hatton used to fight in.

“Paul is certainly a hot British talent who’s on the verge of breaking through into the mainstream if he beats Stuart Hall and wins the world title,” said Hatton. “People are starting to say that he’s the new Ricky Hatton and they wouldn’t be far wrong giving him that title. From what I’ve seen of him on TV he’s excited me with his hard-hitting performances that have certainly got people talking not just up in the north-west but people are starting to talk about him around the country.

Hatton says he feels like he’s watching a younger version of himself when he sees Butler fight, as well as acknowledging he sees a similar persona.

“The only difference between me and him is that I would never have made super-flyweight or bantamweight in a million years!” joked Hatton, who always had a problem with weight gain between fights.

Butler however, has only fought once at bantamweight, so Hall, a natural bantam, could present some problems.

“It’s not going to be easy for Butler, but if he’s going to go on and achieve big things like I think he can, he needs to beat Hall in style. If he’s is the real thing, which I’m sure he is, then tomorrow night is the night he needs to show it and win in style,” added Hatton.

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