Battle on the Mersey Announced

By Cain Bradley on July 24, 2017
Battle on the Mersey Announced
The main event is between new Matchroom signing bantam Paul Butler and Stuart Hall.

The Battle on the Mersey card has been announced by Matchroom Boxing for September 30th in Liverpool…

The Battle on the Mersey card has been announced by Matchroom Boxing for September 30th.

The main event is between new Matchroom signing Paul Butler (24-1) and Stuart Hall (21-5-2). It is an eliminator for the WBA World Bantamweight Title. The regular champion is compatriot Jamie McDonnell who defends against Liborio Solis. Butler has defeated Stuart Hall before, for the IBF title which he lost to Zolani Tete. Butler plans on “beating him in great style.” Butler is favored but his best will likely come at super flyweight rather than bantamweight.

The co-main event will be Rocky Fielding (24-1) defending his British Super Middleweight Title against David Brophy (19-1-1), who defends his Commonwealth Title. Fielding was due to defend against Jamie Cox who ended up entering the World Boxing Super Series instead. It is a 50/50 domestic clash and both men will be trying to prove they belong at a higher level. They have respectively only lost to top level fighters Callum Smith and George Groves.

Ohara Davies (15-1) will also return in a big domestic clash from his defeat to Josh Taylor. Instead of taking an easy fight he has looked to take on a tough opponent. He is fighting Tom Farrell (13-0) who will have the home fans behind him, defending the WBA Inter-Continental Title. Farrell has always impressed as a professional following a solid amateur career. Davies has fought to a higher standard but was embarrassed last time by Taylor and will need to rebound or face another loss.

The final bout that has been announced will be for the WBC International and Commonwealth lightweight titles. Sean Dodd (13-2-1), the title holder, is from Birkenhead and comes up against local rival Thomas Stalker (12-2-3). Stalker was an impressive amateur but has struggled as a pro. Masher on the other hand only took up boxing as a 26-year-old but with an army of fans and exciting style, is a popular boxer. The two have already got under each other’s skin with Stalker pushing Dodd in the face off.

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