Butler outpoints Hall to win IBF title
Paul Butler (16-0, 8 KO’s) defeated IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall (16-3-2, 7 KO’s) by a 12 round split decision on Saturday night at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle.
Butler’s speed and boxing skills gave him the advantage early, but Hall’s tenacity began paying dividends as the fight progressed. In the end, scores were 115-113, 117-111 for Butler, and 115-113 for hometown favorite Hall.
Butler had opted to step up in weight having won the British and Commonwealth titles at super flyweight.
Hall previously claimed the IBF title by defeating South African Vusi Malinga late last year and then went on to successfully defend it against Martin Ward, with that bout ending early by a clash of heads.
Also on the card, light welterweight Bradley Saunders (10-0, 8 KOs) needed just 81 seconds to annihilate Ville Piispanen (18-5-3, 6 KOs).
A left hook to the body finished Piispanen.
Unbeaten super middleweight Chris Eubank Jr moved to 16-0, 11 KOs, after a sixth round KO over Stepan Horvath (12-4, 4 KOs).
Eubank dropped Horvath twice in round five before doing the same again in the next round to force the finish.
Cruiserweight Ovill McKenzie (23-12, 12 kOs) scored a second round KO over Jon-Lewis Dickinson (15-3, 4 KOs) in a bout for the British and Commonwealth titles.