Butler-Windle, Farrag-Braithwaite Commonwealth Double Picked Up By BBC

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Fight fans get a double dose of title action on June 9th with belts on the line at Liverpool’s Olympia, and with all the action broadcast live on Fightzone, and on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport app and website.

Headlining on the night will be local man Connor Butler defending his Commonwealth flyweight crown against Matt Windle, with the vacant European Title also up for grabs.

Chief support slot is an all-Liverpudlian affair with Ryan Farrag and Marcel Braithwaite battling for local bragging rights as well as the vacant Commonwealth super flyweight Title.

Undefeated in 11, with one draw, and on home turf – Butler will head into this huge night of boxing as slight favorite. The 25-year-old is rated by fight insiders as a prospect who could go all the way, and he showed his quality last time out in February when he negotiated the challenge of tough Yorkshireman Craig Derbyshire to win the Commonwealth belt he’ll be defending.

Windle will be another tough fight for ‘Top Dog’ Butler.  The battling Brummie, 32, is always in an exciting scrap. With just four defeats from 12 bouts – which includes two contentious reverses for the Midlands Flyweight belt in 2019 – the ‘MatMan’ stopped South African Siphelele Myeza in his last fight in October 2022 to claim the Commonwealth light flyweight belt and won’t be daunted fighting away-from-home.

“These are two fantastic fights,” said Fight Academy boss, Dennis Hobson.  “We really rate Connor, but Matt is a tough test for anyone and is on a real roll, it’ll be interesting to see how this one goes.  And with the European Title at stake too, it’s going to be a barnstormer.

“Whenever you get two local fighters matched together, you can expect fireworks and Farrag versus Braithwaite will be no exception.  The Commonwealth belt is a really meaningful title that can open all sorts of doors, so I’m expecting another proper tough battle, and an exciting fight for the viewers.”

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