Paul Butler vs Stuart Hall II

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Paul Butler vs Stuart Hall II
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Date: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Location: 
Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
118
Titles at Stake: 
WBA Bantamweight World Title Eliminator
Referee: 
Howard John Foster

Official Judging
Steve Gray 118 - 110
Grzegorz Molenda 118 - 110
Dave Paris 117 - 111

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Paul Butler meets former foe Stuart Hall, who he won the IBF Bantamweight title from in 2014, with a close, split decision victory. This time, Butler makes it very clear, as he boxes his way to a very wide lead after 10 rounds of what looked to be, maybe, a bit of a boxing lesson, Hall, bites down on his gumshield, takes every chance he can, maybe, wins the championship rounds, but still finding little accuracy, certainly not troubling a still comfortable Paul Butler, who cruises his way to a wide unanimous decision win.

Stuart Hall's fantastic, inspirational career ends in question, at 37, the Darlington warrior looks like he his great days as a boxer are great memories, whilst Paul Butler officially puts himself in position for an opportunity to fight the WBA title.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Paul Butler
                                                                    
10
10
10
10
10
9.33
10
9.66
10
10
9
9
Stuart Hall
                                                                    
9
9
9.33
9
9
9.66
9
9.33
9
9
10
10


Fan Cards: Paul Butler vs Stuart Hall II


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
PAUL BUTLER
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
118
STUART HALL
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
110


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
PAUL BUTLER
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
117
STUART HALL
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
111


scorecard by CHAMPION58
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
PAUL BUTLER
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
116
STUART HALL
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
113


Comments

Champion58's picture

I think Stuart will knock Butler out, stop him, round 10, Butler might do some of that fancy dan stuff early on, but late on, Hall will find that big right hand, drop Butler with a right hand like he did Malinga, but Butler won't get through it. My only worry is that if it goes to the judges, Hall will be robbed of the decision, because it has happened twice. I suppose Butler might get through it if Hall hurts him late, but my final prediction is a Hall win, and a late stoppage.

This will set up big fights for Stu! After he's dealt with Butler, he'll beat McDonnell or this Solis chap, then he'll unify by beating this chap who beat Broner's mate Warren or this Irish lad who just beat Haskins, he'll bring more than one belt back to Darlo.

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I was surprised by this match up, it seemed to come out of the blue. This is a very interesting match up, added to a packed bill of boxing. Rematches are always fascinating in boxing.

Paul Butler is a great fighter, in the UK, he has become increasingly well known as a very good talent, he has boxed his way through the levels, winning time and time again, showing boxing ability, and power, he has always seemed to specialise in being able to hurt opponents to the body, which makes him a very dangerous fighter. Boxnation pundits have always believed Paul Butler has extreme potential, and it has been hard to disagree with them, his former trainer, Anthony Farnell once said in a Boxnation interview, that Butler is the kind of fighter who whenever he makes a mistake in the gym, he will always try to put it right the next day. In 2014, Butler moved from 115 to 118, to take on IBF bantamweight world champion Stuart Hall, maybe believing it would be an easy fight, and with a world title at steak, why not take the fight? Butler believed that Hall would not go 12 rounds, having hurt him to body in a sparring session between the two, some time earlier, Butler said confidently 'I'll finish him'. Butler made a great start against Hall, winning the first few rounds, landing some crushing body shots as well, but failing to discourage or physically move Hall with these shots, and as the fight went on, it was clear Butler had underestimated Hall, as Hall over powered a tiring Butler in the second half, tagging him repeatedly with big right hands, I think working under the pressure of the bigger fighter proved to be a challenge for Butler. Butler took all Hall's shots very well, and found a second wind, Butler and Hall proved their stamina in the championship rounds as they sustained a high pace. Butler was awarded a split decision victory over Hall to claim the IBF belt, which he vacated soon afterwards. Butler moved back down to 115, and secured a world title fights against awkward African Zolani Tete, to everyone's surprise, and Butler's devastation, Tete out classed him throughout, he won every round, and in rounds 8, he destroyed him with a monstrous uppercut. After his first defeat, Butler got a new trainer, Joe Gallagher, he has made a lot of adjustments, and has bounced back from the loss very well, he was won 7 fights in a row, he has won an international title, beaten good opponents, no big names, no great opponents, but solid fighters, Butler has moved up in weight as well. At 28, with a record of 24-1, Butler is now very close to fighting for a world title again, as he takes on Stuart Hall again at the end of September, in an eliminator for the WBA 118 lb world title. I think this is a great test for Butler, fighting on SkySports for the first time as well, in a fight which could be the perfect step up, and could show everyone how much he has improved since their first fight.

Stuart Hall is a fighter who has to be respected, he came through hard times, from being lost, he built himself up, whipped himself into shape, and ended up over achieving to the extent that he became a world champion, beating African warrior Vusi Malinga for the IBF strap. Hall was a great success story after he beat Malinga, everyone knew he had done himself proud, but it was interesting to question whether or not he would hold onto his title for long, whether he was a brief world champion, or he would continue to upset the odds, and won world title fights. Hall faced Martin Ward, in his first defence of the title, Hall looked solid in the first two rounds, he over powered and out worked his opponent, unfortunately, the fight was stopped early, due to a cut due to a head clash, after only two rounds, the fight was ruled a technical draw. It wasn't long after Hall's disappointing fight against Ward, that the Paul Butler fight was confirmed, despite being the champion, Hall was an underdog, many people wrote him off. After Hall vs Butler was confirmed, and the build up had gotten intense, Hall promised, 'I will knock Paul Butler out, he's going to be asleep, he's going to be asleep in this fight', Hall and Butler has very different stories about what had happened when they had sparred, as well as their trainers, Mick Marsden and Anthony Farnell clashing over the fight, and this only increased the animosity between the two teams, which, though some might not have liked to have seen, did increase the profile of the fight, and it was very highly anticipated by British viewers in the run up to the fight. With the crowd against him, and few people believing he could win, Hall's ability, mentally, was tested, with the added pressure of having a title to lose as well. When the first bell rang, Butler appeared to fast, and agile for Hall, he threw blistering combinations at the champion, working spurts, but landing clean combinations, frustrating, outboxing Hall through three first 4 rounds. Hall got right into the fight during the middle rounds as he used his advantages well, capitalised upon Butler having had to work hard in the fight, caught Butler with a lot of hard, accurate right hands, and even dominated some of the rounds. Hall gave Butler a very hard time, giving him a bit of a beating at times. Hall was so close to holding onto his belt, but he didn't get the win, losing a close split decision, although he looked in the same class as Butler, many believed Hall did enough to win, and it very clear the the bookies, some pundits, some of the public had underestimated the Darlington warrior. Hall was far from finished after his fantastic performance against Butler, and we saw this, when he took on undefeated American Randy Cabalerro, for the IBF title after Butler vacated it, Hall, again, putting up such an effort, doing so well, winning rounds, giving Cabalerro a hard time, but losing, and this time, decisively. Hall secured three, one sided, low key points victories, in 6 and 8 round fights, against low level opposition, before competing a world title eliminator against tough Mexican, Rodrigo Guerrero, they went to war for 12 rounds, with Hall disappointing his trainer after having 'fought with his heart, not his head', letting the fight become closer than it could have been. In 2016, Hall fought former opponent, who years prior to this fight, defeated him comfortably, bitter rival Lee Haskins, for the IBF title. In a very interesting fight, a fight with two halves, Hall and Haskins both impressed, with Hall catching the eyes of the viewers with his fan friendly style, winning his rounds with an exclamation mark, getting the better of the last 6 rounds, wearing down, repeatedly clubbing a drained Haskins with hard, accurate punches. Most believed Hall had done enough to become a world champion again, but once again, Hall didn't do enough to convince the judges, and Haskins retained his title, by a whisker, leaving Hall devastated. I believed Hall might have retired after the Haskins defeat, but like the warrior he is, he hasn't given up on being a world champion again, he won a 6 round bout earlier this year, and I'm sure he is training as hard if not harder than ever for his rematch with Paul Butler.

I think Paul Butler will make it 2-0, and this time, he will win wide. In their first fight, Hall was 34, Haskins was 25, now, they are 37, and 28, to go through your mid thirties, as a boxer, can be the time when you start to decline, when a fighter goes from mid twenties to late twenties, these are a fighter's best years, late twenties are an athlete's prime years, so age wise, the timing is right for Butler. Weight wise, I think this fight will be easier for Butler than the first fight was, he has competed at 122, I think at least twice, fighters do move up in weight naturally as their careers progress. I hope for Hall's sake, that he isn't weight drained for this fight, I'm not saying he is, to my knowledge, making 118 hasn't been a problem for him before, but if he is tight at the weight, if he loses a pound too much and he has out grown the division, then he will get stopped in this fight, he might have taken those body shots in the first fight, but if he is dead at the weight, he won't take that again, hopefully both fighters will be comfortable at the weight, but regardless of how comfortable is at 118, one thing we know, is that Butler is bigger than he was 3 years ago, he will be stronger at the weight this time around, so that will be less of an advantage for Hall than it was in the first fight. Since the first fight, Hall has has three hard, competitive 12 round fights, winning one of them, apart from this, he has beaten only 4, not so good opponents, whilst Butler has won all 7 of his fights since he beat Hall the first time, and I think the majority of them were a level above the guys Hall beat, it is interesting that Hall has has two world title fights since the Butler fight, and not looked at all out his depth, and Butler has not fought for a world title or fought a former world champion or anything, since the Tete defeat, experience wise, in terms of being consistent at a certain level, this suggests Hall, again, could shock people with his performance. Just think Butler's trainer is better than Hall's, I think he will get better sparring, I think he respects and listens to his trainer, unlike Hall?, based the the Guerrero fight, maybe, if this is the case, it is hard to see how Hall can do better than Butler in terms of finding the right tactics, sticking to a game plan. It is unfair to declare that Hall won't give Butler a tough fight, make it very competitive, when everytime he has been in this position before, he has exceeded people's expectations, and done very well, but I believe at 37, having been outside of this level of competition for a year, he is not the fighter he used to be.

I think the fight will start out very tentative, Butler trying to commit at the right time, feinting, staying on his toes, Hall trying to draw Butler in, aiming to catch him on the counter and make him walk onto something, I can see the first two rounds being anyone's fight. I think Butler's skills, tools, tactical, discipline will show in rounds 3, 4, 5, as he takes a lead, looks to put up a boxing master class, I think Hall will hurt Butler in rounds 6, landing a big right hand, I think he will capilsie, with Butler not trying to win the round, but making Hall exert himself, defending well. I think rounds 7, 8 will be competitive, I don't think Hall will be able to over powered Butler like he could in the first fight, but I think he will still use his reach, I think Butler might have to take good shots to land his own at this stage of the fight, and Hall will still manage to push Butler back, and nail him with solid right hands, but he will have to work very hard to do so, and I think these will be very close rounds, rounds in which Butler digs in some great body shots, which Hall stays up from, but can't take as well as he took Butler's body attack in 2014. I think Hall's age will start to show in round 9, I think he will struggle to use his one minute respite between rounds like he used to, I think his punch resistance will be less than what it used to be as Butler's punches take their toll, and I think at this point, the younger man will take over, and start to dominate. I think rounds 9-11 will be tough for a Hall, each more impressive from Butler than the last, I think he will quite close to the stoppage as he batters a bloodied Hall, I think Hall will get through it, Butler won't over commit. I think Butler will box smart in the last round, try to draw Hall onto something, whilst Hall presses forward and on mainly instinct, tries to knock Butler out, I think both will be very tired, I think Butler will take his foot off the gas, not needing to take any risks, being a street ahead, doing what is necessary, making Hall miss, I think Hall will out work Butler for 2 minutes, but as they open up and begin exchanging in the last minute of the fight, it will be Butler who gets the better of the fight, out landing, out fighting Hall. I think Butler will be awarded a wide unanimous decision (116-112, 117-111, 118-110).

If Butler wins this fight, and impresses as I think he will, it will take his career to another level, he will get to fight for a world title again, and I believe, he'll win that fight as well, whether it is against McDonnell, or Solis, I think Butler will become a world champion in two fights time. If Paul Butler was to lose to Stuart Hall, it would be a massive setback, Butler is young at 28, but he doesn't have time to spare if he wants to have the great career at world level that his supporters think he will have, so if he was to miss out this opportunity to win a world title, I'm sure he would be gutted, he has a lot to gain from, this fight, but also a lot to lose, the pressure is on. This fight could be one of the most important fights of Butler's career, because this is a chance for him to prove himself as an improved fighter, people are going to use the first fight as a tape measure, people will expect him to get the job done against Hall, and I'm sure he will aim to make a statement, because the difference between winning this fight and losing it, it could prove to be the difference between night and day for the next 2-3 years, if he wins, this will set up big opportunities, it will be great experience for him, if he loses, he will be knocked back a lot of steps. I'm very interested to see exactly how good a team Butler and Gallagher are, and just how well Butler can perform against Stuart Hall, because after this fight, it will be easier to form an opinion on how Butler would do against the top dogs at 118, it is such a great division, such a competitive, underrated division, just where Butler ranks on the list of top bantamweights is an interesting question, I believe he is right up there with the best, but before can compete at the top, before he can have the status of being one of the top dogs in his weight class, he has to get past Stuart Hall.

Hall said at the press conference, that the pressure is on him to win this fight, he has to win, because if he doesn't, his career is over, if Butler loses, he can come back, that is one way of looking at it, but in all honesty, I think there is more pressure on Butler, he's the guy who was tabbed early to become a world champion, he is the one who has high expectations of him from all his fans and many pundits, whereas Hall, well, I don't think he has as much to lose, yes this could be his last chance, but at the same time, I think it is one achievement he's aiming for, I don't think he is determined to have win world title fights for many years to come like Butler is, I think at 37, he knows it is too late to think like that, he just wants to give it everything, and hit his goal of becoming world champion again, I'm not saying I think he'd retire after his next fight if he wins this fight and the next, I think he would want to defend the WBA title, but he doesn't have the same kind of reputation, future to lose that Butler does. If Hall was to manage the upset here, I would be very surprised, it would be possibly the victory of his career so far, redemption for Hall would be fantastic for the Darlington fans who will be 100% behind their many and will believe he can win this one, his success story would become even more good to hear, even more readable, after his close, unfortunate losses, all he's been through in his life and career, it would be quite something to see Hall become a world champion again, or even to come up short in his next fight, and defeat Paul Butler, I will be very happy for Hall if he wins this, he has a chance. Hall has a lot to gain from this fight, even if he retires after two more fights, so motivation won't be a problem for Hall, I'm sure he will give it his best effort, and if he's capable of winning on September 30, he will win, I have never seen Hall not give it his all in there physically, he is always happy to push himself to the limit, go to war with his opponent. Belief is a great thing for a fighter to have a lot of, boxing is a mental thing too, and Hall has never doubted his capability of achieving his goal before, and coming so close against Haskins, he will still have every bit of confidence that he can win a world title again. I don't believe Hall can do what he did against Haskins again, I think he can put up another brave, impressive, athletic performance, nearly as well, but I think he is declining, and with time, he is becoming less of a potential challenge for the best fighters in the division, if he loses to Butler, then 'life goes on', it will be because he is simply beaten by the better boxer, there is never any shame in that, if Hall loses this fight, but gives it 100% makes it a great fight, entertains the fans, does better than many people will expect, like he has done many times before, and then retires (which is exactly what I think he should do) the he can retire from this sport, a very popular, respected warrior.

Champion58's picture

Stu gave it his all in those last 2 rounds, but it was a fight too far for the great man, to be fair, I underestimated Butler, and Stu couldn't really do anything you hurt him, clearly win for Butler, even ardent Stuey fans have to admit, it wasn't his night, time for Study to hang up his gloves, he will always be a hero for British boxing fans.

Champion97's picture

Absolute master class from Paul Butler!
I don't think Stuart Hall let himself down, at all, he did very well for what he was capable of, but his hands looked very slow indeed, his reflexes weren't there, he didn't have an answer for Butler, he didn't have the foot speed, and unlike Butler, he couldn't out time his opponent, what a push he gave it in those last 2 rounds, he threw every shot he had any confidence in landing, and Butler, not much to gain from winning the last couple of rounds in themselves, but even they could have gone either way. I didn't expect Butler to lose absolutely no clear rounds to Hall, given that Hall, still the bigger guy, and Hall still seemed to have stamina, punch resistance, still relentless, able to push th fight for 36 minutes, he was just simply slow, lacking in agility, because of his style, struggling to work around his age, so Butler did very well to win the fight at such a high pace, and by such a wide margin, in their first fight, Butler didn't deserve that margin of 6 points, well in this one, that is the narrowest of margins Butler could win by.

I think Paul Butler will beat the winner of Jamie McDonnell vs Liborio Solis, and become a world champion again. Stuart Hall, I think should retire now, he's 37, he's only getting worse in the ring, he's had quite a career, he's achieved so much, but I think he should call time on his career now.