Paul Butler is targeting a domestic battle with Jamie McDonnell and will be watching from ringside as the WBA bantamweight champion defends his title in Monte Carlo.
McDonnell makes the fifth defence of his belt against Liborio Solis this Saturday night, live on Sportsclubsociety, and Butler will be carrying out a scouting mission on the French riviera.
The 27-year-old Liverpudlian previously held the IBF belt at bantamweight and has moved back to the weight division in search of another world title shot.
He will be supporting Stephen Smith, a fellow member of Joe Gallagher’s gym, but will also be studying his Doncaster rival.
“I’m going over this weekend. I’ll be watching Stephen and I’ll have one eye on Jamie McDonnell,” Butler told Sportsclubsociety.
I hope we see the best Jamie McDonnell and hopefully me and Jamie can get it on as well.
“I hope he puts on a good performance and comes through it. That fight could have been made a couple of years ago when he held the WBA and I held the IBF, but unfortunately it didn’t get made. But I’m sure it can be made now and we can finally get it on.
“Jamie is a top kid, he’s beaten some top names like Tomoki Kameda. I can see Jamie coming through in good style. I hope we see the best Jamie McDonnell and hopefully me and Jamie can get it on as well.”
Butler won the IBF belt with a points win over Stuart Hall in 2014 and then stepped back down to super-flyweight without making a single defence.
But he is also keen to regain that title, which is currently held by Lee Haskins who defended it with a hard-fought points win over Hall in September.
“He holds my old belt and I didn’t lose it in the ring so I would love a shot at that,” said Butler. “I’m sure that fight can be made pretty easy as well in the new year.”
Watch Jamie McDonnell v Liborio Solis on the Monte Carlo card, including Luis Ortiz, Stephen Smith and Martin Murray from 7pm, Saturday, live on Sportsclubsociety 2.