British contender Paul Butler expected to face Filipino WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero on Friday night, but instead he will face another Filipino Jonas Sultan for the WBO interim title.
Butler (33-2, 15 KOs) was supposed to fight Casimero twice and both times he was pulled form the fight, first from illness and second for violating the British Boxing Board of Control’s health and medical guidelines. Casimero was caught using a sauna on fight week to make weight and sauna usage is against the rules.
Butler could have opted to pull out of the event altogether but he would rather stay active even though his dream of winning a world title has been crushed once again by Casimero being pulled from the fight twice.
On Friday he will fight for the WBO interim title and the WBO will decided on if the winner of Butler vs. Sultan will be elevated to champion status depending on what they decide with Casimero’s situation.
Jonas Sultan (18-5, 11 KOs) has a chance to shine as a late replacement and he is ready and willing to put on a show for the fans on Friday.
Sultan is a hard hitter who actually fought and beat Casimero years ago, so he believes he is the much better fighter and opponent.
Bantamweight – Paul Butler vs. Jonas Sultan (WBO interim title)
Featherweight – Peter McGrail vs. Uriel Lopez
Light Welterweight – Sam Maxwell vs. Alejandro Meneses
Featherweight – James Dickens vs. Andoni Gago
Light Heavyweight – Rocky Fielding vs. Timo Laine
Bantamweight – Will Cawley vs. Marius Vysniauskas
Super Featherweight – Harry Kinsella vs. Christian Narvaez
Super Bantamweight – Joe McGrail vs. Mohammed Alwarith
Lightweight – Frankie Stringer vs. Simas Volosinas
Lightweight – Steven Cairns vs. Jose Hernandez
Bantamweight – Blane Hyland vs. Stephen Jackson
Venue: M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England
Date and Time: Friday, April 22, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET/PT
TV/Live Stream: FUBO Sports Network in the USA, Eurosport1 in the UK and Live Stream on Probellum.com