Stuart Hall, Paul Butler to fight

Bantamweight titlist Stuart Hall of England will make his second defense when he faces countryman Paul Butler on June 7 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, promoters Dennis Hobson and Frank Warren announced on Monday.

A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday in Newcastle.

"Butler is a very good fighter and his performances have got himself into this position, but he's also talked himself into this fight by making derogatory comments and I'm really looking forward to making him eat his words," Hall said. "I'll be too big, too strong and he'll regret getting this chance. I've worked hard to become world champion and I won't be losing the title.

"I'll take care of Butler before moving onto my mandatory challenger [Randy Caballero of Coachella, Calif.] later in the year."

Hall (16-2-2, 7 KOs), 34, who has overcome alcohol and drug problems, won a vacant belt by unanimous decision against South Africa's Vusi Malinga in December and his first defense in March, against England's Martin Ward, was ruled a second-round technical draw when an accidental headbutt opened a terrible gash over Ward's right eye and he was unable to continue.

The 25-year-old Butler (15-0, 8 KOs), an outstanding body puncher, is the former British and Commonwealth junior bantamweight champion. He moved up to bantamweight for his last fight, a fourth-round knockout of Oreste Nieva on March 8.

"It's the fight I've wanted and I know I've got the skill and firepower to beat Hall and take the world title from him," Butler said. "Hall's a good, strong, fighter. He's [a] world champion and I respect him for that, but all respect will go out of the window on the night and I will do my job and I'll go out and smoke his boots. To fight for the world title is every fighter's dream and I'll realize that dream on June 7."