With a 18-1 record, Ellesmere Port sensation Butler was already a World Champion by his 16th fight, after previously winning the British and Commonwealth, WBO and WBA Intercontinental Super-Flyweight titles and the WBA Intercontinental Bantamweight crown.
Butler, who also has eight knockouts to his name and one of the largest and most loyal fanbases in British boxing, outgunned domestic rival Stuart Hall in 2014 to win his first world title, the IBF World Bantamweight Championship.
On October 25 2014, Butler showed a world class level of boxing as part of the Liverpool Echo line up. He beat Ismael Garnica 100-91 in an entertaining fight, after having to delay his world title challenge against Zolani Tete.
Butler challenged the tricky southpaw for his IBF World Super-Flyweight Championship in a much-anticipated bid to become the first Englishman to step down a weight to win a second world title in over 100 years.
Unfortunately Butler struggled to get close to Tete and was defeated by technical knockout in the eighth round of the 'Mersey Boys' clash.
The route back to a World Title
Further supporting on Butler's road to world title opportunity was his convincing first round stoppage over Hector Romaldo Guzman on the undercard to Tommy Langford's title defence in Wolverhampton on October 3rd 2015.
Victory on Saturday 19 December's big Manchester show to capture the WBO European Super-Flyweight Title v Silvio Olteanu has set up some big fights in 2016 against the likes of Jamie Conlan.
Despite injury, Butler beefed up his claim for another shot at World honours with a 9th round KO over Sebastian Sanchez with a brutal body shot on Saturday 12 March.
Butler was then called up for a WBO World Title final eliminator as another shot at World honours loomed.
New trainer, old Title?
In August Butler returned to Bantamweight and teamed up with a new trainer, Joe Gallagher. They made a winning start to the new partnership, as Butler outclassed the game Mexican Alexis Ruiz over 10 rounds in Bolton.
He then followed this up with a win over another gritty Mexican, Alexander Cazares at the Paisley Lagoon Centre to end the year in good form.
Butler and his trainer have talked up possible all-British clashes with Lee Haskins and Jamie McDonnell, who both hold belts in the 118lbs division. "I'd like a crack at my old [IBF] belt" Butler told Steve Bunce in October, indicating a fight with Haskins could be on the cards for early 2017.
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