Butler gets fighting spirit for Prizefighter from his Army brothers


24/02/2010

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Danny Butler

Danny Butler is being inspired to win the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights this Friday by the fighting spirit of his brothers, who are serving with the Army in Afghanistan.

Butler, who backs the Help for Heroes charity, has two brothers – Adam and Martin – serving in the Army and says he will give the charity a portion of the £32,000 winning prize if he triumphs in the tenth Prizefighter competition at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

The Bristol boxer, who is stepping down a division for his second Prizefighter, says he wants to win the knockout competition for brother Adam, who is currently serving in Afghanistan.

He said: "If I win Prizefighter I will donate some of the money to Help for Heroes, which is a great charity which I support.

"I've got two brothers who have been out in Afghanistan.
One of them, Martin, has only recently got back and the other, Adam, is still out there.

"It makes me want to do it even more that Adam is out there, I want to win it for him.

"They are the real heroes, not me. Two of my four brothers have served in Afghanistan and that's totally different to boxing, which is a dangerous sport but they have got people trying to kill them.

"When I get nervous before a fight I just think what they have to go through, which is much worse. Thinking of them gives me inspiration."

Butler, 22, had a busy 2009, boxing five times and challenging for British, Commonwealth and English middleweight titles. The Bristol boxer has dropped down a division for his second Prizefighter, having reached the semi-final of Prizefighter Middleweights in November 2008. Butler lost a split points decision to eventual winner Martin Murray after an excellent bout, but he feels the experience of boxing in a previous Prizefighter will give him an edge tonight.

He said: "I know the format and how to box it because I was in the middleweight one and the will only help me.

"I've experienced the waiting in between fights, sharing the same dressing room as your opponents. They are little things but I've got the experience of them and it will give me a bit of an edge. I did well last time; the fight against Martin Murray could have gone either way and he went on to win the Prizefighter Middleweights."

Defeat to Murray ended Butler's unbeaten start to his pro career but he quickly regrouped and last March out-pointed Plymouth's Carl Drake 98-93 over ten rounds to win the Western Area middleweight title. He picked up the British Masters belt for another ten round decision, this time 98-94 over Paul Samuels, in July.

But Butler's last two fights have been title defeats. The Bristol boxer first challenged Dudley's Darren McDermott for the English title in November. McDermott was cut early on but managed to floor Butler in the fifth with a right uppercut. The knockdown proved decisive as McDermott triumphed by 96-95 on the referee's ten round points score.

Despite the defeat, Butler found himself challenging Darren Barker for the vacant British and Commonwealth middleweight titles two weeks later. He stepped in as a replacement for Wayne Elcock just days before the bout. Barker, however, was too much for Butler, who was stopped in the seventh.

He added: "I gained a lot of experience from those two fights."

The draw was made live on Sky Sports' Friday Fight Night, which will screen next Friday's sold-out event live from the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London.

PrizeFighter Light-Middleweights

Quarter-Finals

George Hillyard v Prince Arron

Neil Sinclair v Bradley Pryce

Brett Flournoy v Danny Butler

Steve O'Meara v Martin Concepcion

Semi-Finals

Hillyard/Arron v Sinclair/Pryce

Flournoy/Butler v O'Meara/Concepcion

Followed by Final

Prizefighter Light-Middleweights takes place at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Friday, February 26. The full line-up is Prince Arron (Droylsden, Manchester), Danny Butler (Bristol), Martin Concepcion (Leicester), Brett Flournoy (Birkenhead, Merseyside), George Hillyard (Canning Town), Steve O'Meara (West Drayton, Middlesex), Bradley Pryce (Newbridge, Wales) and Neil Sinclair (Belfast).

Due to increased demand, tickets for Prizefighter Light-Middleweights have sold out. But you can still see all the action live on Sky Sports HD from 8pm next Friday.

Odds to win Prizefighter (as on Friday, February 19 with SkyBet)

5/2 Bradley Pryce

7/2 Prince Arron, Neil Sinclair

5/1 Danny Butler

7/1 Steve O'Meara

12/1 Martin Concepcion

16/1 Brett Flournoy

25/1 George Hillyard


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