Connor Butler reveals his boxing inspiration ahead of his clash with Benn Norman

Connor Butler inspired by Sunny Edwards

little big man Connor Butler says he is inspired to become a great flyweight by Sunny Edwards.

The 5ft 3in Liverpool boxer takes a step towards his first major title in his hometown Olympia on Saturday April 23 in a VIP Boxing and Trinity Entertainment bill promoted.

Butler (6-0-1, 1 KO) who was born in London’s East End takes on Shepshed’s Ben Norman (5-0) in ten rounds in a Commonwealth Flyweight title eliminator.

Part of the ‘St George’s Day Battle’ event will include Tyson Fury’s WBC World Heavyweight title defense against Dillian Whyte broadcast live on a giant screen.

Fury and Whyte may be two of the biggest names in boxing, but Butler is trained by world No. 1 flyweight, IBF title holder Edwards.

Butler, a full-time office worker for a transportation company said: “The way Sunny goes about his business outside of the ring is an inspiration to rising fighters.

“Sunny has his own little stable of boxers, raises dogs, owns houses. The boy does it well and when he retires he doesn’t have to go to work.

“He gets under people’s skin, but he’s very smart and Grant Smith is a great coach. I don’t know him personally, but I like the way he approaches his job.

“He’s paid well, but deserves more because of the talent he has. The level of entertainment he provides in and out of the ring is fantastic.

“My dream is to no longer have a mortgage at 30 years old. I want to save my money and invest it wisely like Sunny.

“Who knows, I might fight him one day, but by the time I get to world level he’ll be happily retired.”

The eight-stone Commonwealth Championship is currently vacant, so the winner of Butler vs. Norman should be in line for a shot.

Butler added: “Benn and I are undefeated and both want to take the next step in our careers.

” I can not wait. I put a lot of work into this camp, focused on tactics, got super strong and can’t wait to make a statement that night.

“I want to be in the hunt for the Commonwealth title this year and cement a legacy.

“It’s going well for me and without the support of Steve Wood and VIP specials I wouldn’t be in this situation.

“Before I met him, my boxing career literally wasn’t a career and I was falling in love with the sport.

“I rolled the dice because I wanted to buy a house for my family and landed on my feet with Steve.”

Also in action on the bill is Nathan Bennett (9-3, 2 KOs), Ben Burnham (1-0, 1 KO), Charlotte Powell (Start), Desire Adami (1-0), Dexter Makaza (3-0, 2 KOs), James McCarthy (1-1), Liam Moon (1-0) Marcos Molly (4-0, 1 KO) and ryan dickens (2-0).

Boxing begins at 5:30 p.m. and is then followed by the live big-screen broadcast of Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte.

Ticket prices £35 Upper Balcony, £40 Lower Balcony, £50 Floor and £70 Ringside. Available from www.vipboxing.co.uk and 01942 874 241.

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