Connor Butler gets the chance he’s been craving on February 25 when he headlines on Fightzone for the Commonwealth Flyweight Title.

The baby-faced Scouser, unbeaten in 10 outings will be in – by far – his toughest test when he takes on Doncaster’s Craig Derbyshire at the Hilton Hotel Portomaso in Malta.

Derbyshire, with notice and something to fight for, is a handful for any of the UK’s best little men.  In April, in his British Flyweight Title fight against champion Tommy Frank, the 31-year-old came away with a split-decision draw, with many thinking he should have been crowned king.  It’s likely this mission will be Craig’s last shot at a meaningful title and the well-travelled Yorkshireman will be firing on all cylinders.

Recently signed to Dennis Hobson and Steve Crump’s Fight Academy stable, Connor is excited by the future and full of praise for his new team.  At just 24, the Liverpudlian has plenty of time to live up to his ‘Top Dog’ moniker, but we’ll know far more about the much-heralded prospect after his duel with gatekeeper Derbyshire.

“I’m expecting a tough, hard 12 rounds,” said Butler.  “He’s an engine in motion, has got a really good work rate and he’s as tough as they come.  And, to be honest, he should really be British Champion.  But I know what he’s about and we’ll have a plan for him.

“He’s a handful but it doesn’t really matter to me, I’m just focused on myself.  I believe the best version of Connor Butler beats anyone, and that’s what we’re focusing on. I’m just looking forward to performing.  Dennis [Hobson] and Stephen Vaughan have given me the platform to perform on and I’m ready to do that.  You can see the quality of the Fightzone platform, nothing is done half-hearted.  It’s a chance to show how good I am, and what I’ve been working on.

“In boxing, when people tell you they’re going to deliver this and that but it doesn’t come off, that’s when you start asking questions.  But with Dennis, I asked the questions early on, and they’ve delivered on everything, above and beyond for me.  I can’t praise them enough and words don’t do justice for what they’ve done for me this early in my career.  Loyalty and honesty in this sport is very few and far between, so when you’ve got someone who backs up what they say, that’s a long lasting relationship.”

“The Commonwealth Title, just like Area Titles, always produces exciting fights and this match-up will be a must-watch for all boxing fans,” explained Fight Academy and Fightzone’s Steve Crump. 

“Connor and Craig know this is a chance to move onto the next level, and they’ll both be in top condition and will give it everything.  Myself and Dennis are working closely on this Malta show with Stephen Vaughan (pictured alongside Connor and Dennis Hobson), and it really is a great way to start the new year on Fightzone.”

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