Paul Butler vs Emmanuel Rodriguez

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Paul Butler vs Emmanuel Rodriguez
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Date: 
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Location: 
O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, England, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
118
Titles at Stake: 
IBF Bantamweight World Title
Referee: 
Bob Williams

Official Judging
Patrick Morley 106 - 120
Howard Foster 106 - 120
Carlos Colon 108 - 118

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round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Paul Butler
                                                                    
7
9.50
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
Emmanuel Rodriguez
                                                                    
10
9.50
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10


Fan Cards: Paul Butler vs Emmanuel Rodriguez


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
PAUL BUTLER
7
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
106
EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
PAUL BUTLER
7
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
107
EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
119


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I love this fight!
This is a very interesting one, should be fan friendly as well, a real battle.

I've been following Paul Butler for years, he was dominant at British and Commonwealth level, he has always stood out for his ability to hurt guys to the body, he has some great skills, he's fast as well. Butler had a tough time in winning the IBF bantamweight title against Stuart Hall in 2014, he was really pushed, challenged by a bigger fighter who was relentless, tough, conditioned for the 12 rounds, but he got through that with a narrow but impressive victory, became a world champion, but shortly after that, it went badly wrong when he took on Zolani Tete, lost every round, was absolutely beaten in every aspect, and to top it off, he got knocked out heavily, it was a crushing KO, deadly set up and execution from Tete.

After all he has achieved since the Tete defeat, all the work he has done in the ring, Paul Butler is without doubt, deserving of another world title opportunity. I believe it has been 3 years since the Tete loss, Butler has won I think 10 fights in a row, impressed, time and time again, he's done the weight well, moved up gradually from 115, and is now strong at 118, he was brilliant in that eliminator back in September, against Stuart Hall, fighting a guy who he just about beat a few years earlier, and in the rematch, he really built on the win, won a landslide against Hall. I would be very happy for Butler if he won this fight, he deserves to be a world champion, but whether or not he can win this is another question. This is a real world title fight, against a world title opponent, not just an IBF mandatory who is there to make up the numbers. Butler is 29, against Hall, he was better than we've ever seen him, I think now, he is right in his prime, but he won't be for that much longer, and if he loses this, he probably won't get another shot until he is well past his best, and at world level, it might be over for him, there is certainly a lot at stake for Paul Butler. All the hard work from Butler, changing trainers, making adjustments, all the waiting, it all comes down to this, this is the fight of Butler's life!, I'm sure he will give it 110%

Emmanuel Rodriguez is not well known, but he is a very good fighter, 17-0, he can punch too, 12 stoppages. Rodriguez's opposition level has been fairly high, he hasn't done anything like the amount of steps towards the shot that Butler has, he hasn't been in eliminators or international tite fights, but he has won Latino title fights, Fedelatin title fights as well. Rodriguez, in his last fight, stopped Giovanni Delgado, a fighter who went the distance against Diego De La Hoya and Joseph Diaz, and back in 2016, he beat Alberto Guevara, in similarly one sided form to Leo Santa Cruz when he beat Guevara.

Rodriguez is untested, we don't know much about him, it is clear he is a good fighter, very good at certainly at Latino, Fedelatin level, and he is good enough to as good if not a better job on opponents who have already lost to big names, but that doesn't prove a great deal at world level, this is a massive step up in class for the Puerto Rican. This a great opportunity for Rodriguez, if he wins this, he really makes a name for himself, he is only 25, so if he loses, he has time, and it is great for a boxer's status and chances of future opportunities, to come to the UK and fight on an undercard like this, in a City like Liverpool, if of course he plays his part, makes it a really good fight, but I don't think Rodriguez will have this mindset, I think he is 100% showing up to win, he'll have that confidence of an undefeated fighter, and there is always a lot to gain in a world title fight.

I hope I'm wrong, because (and nothing against Rodriguez, full credit to him if he proves me right) I would be gutted for Butler if he lost this, it would be a devastating blow, and if he proves me wrong, wins this, becomes a world champion again, then all the British boxing fans who will be watching the fight, they will all be very happy for him.

I think Butler will have plenty of success, as the more experienced fighter, and he'll be ahead at a certain stage in the fight, but I just think Rodriguez will be relentless, he'll do damage, I think he will make Butler go to war with him in the second half, and I think he'll stop him, at some point in rounds 10-12.

Champion97's picture

Paul Butler weighs in at 121, very disappointing! He's not going to shift 3 lbs in 2 hours I don't think, if that is the case, then he can't win the title.

Champion97's picture

Gutted for Paul Butler! Butler got beaten up there, terrible start, Rodriguez established his ability to hurt him, and then for the rest of the fight, it was controlled, it was consistent, he did the basics well, his work ethic was good, he sustained educated pressure, and he seemed to be able to do more damage than he did do if Butler had been to open up more.

I think Rodriguez is solid, definitely very good at world level, and I think he has a great future in boxing, could be the next big Puerto Rican star in boxing. Rodriguez is another solid champion in the mix now at bantamweight, along with Burnett, the winner of McDonell vs Inoue, and of course Tete.

Where does Butler go from here? I think he should retire, I hate to say it, he might not retire, but what is he building towards if he does continue?, in his prime, at 29, when he isn't going to get better even if decline was still to come, he'll only get worse from now on, and in this title fight, no success, a 12 round beating, busted up, it was sad to see. Butler should be very proud of what he has achieved in his career, he tried his best in this fight, there is no shame at all in losing to the better fighter.

Antbody got a link to the full fight of this and the ward vs Tennyson fight ?