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Stuart Hall to defend IBF bantamweight title against Paul Butler on June 7

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Stuart Hall will defend the IBF bantamweight title against Paul Butler on June 7, looking to win and move on to his mandatory defense against Randy Caballero.

Scott Heavey

Stuart Hall's first defense of the IBF bantamweight title didn't go as he might have hoped, as Hall and Martin Ward were cut short in just two rounds due to an accidental headbutt opening a gash on Ward that stopped the fight, but now he'll get another crack to impress as world champion, when he faces Paul Butler on June 7 in Newcastle.

Hall (16-2-2, 7 KO) is looking to get in a win against a fellow British fighter before he eventually has to make a mandatory title defense against Randy Caballero later this year.

Butler (15-0, 8 KO) has won British and Commonwealth titles as a super flyweight, and moved up to 118 pounds for his last fight on March 8. He does have the ability to beat Hall and thus put himself in line to face Caballero, as this is hardly a mismatch or anything of the sort, especially considering Hall is not exactly an elite bantamweight despite holding a major title.

Caballero (21-0, 13 KO) earned the shot at the title with an April 4 win in Japan against Kohei Oba.