World Championship Boxing: Paul Butler vs Emmanuel Rodriguez Prediction

Paul Butler vs Emmanuel Rodriguez – Saturday 5th (vacant IBF Bantamweight title) – Peter Wells breaks down the fight and gives his official pre-fight prediction.

Paul Butler could send the crowd into an early frenzy should he pull off a stunning victory to regain the IBF Bantamweight belt he once briefly held.

Now feeling his body has grown into the division he will look to put the lessons he learnt in defeat to the excellent Zolani Tete into practice.

But Butler 26-1(14KO’s) is not the rising star as he was in his other two world title fights, that title now belongs to the fresh-faced 25-year old Rodriguez 17-0 (12KO’s).

The Puerto Rican has a fledgling reputation and will be hoping he can make a quick transition up to world-class.

The pick is for the visitor to come up with the goods after a nervy start from the pair.

Both will have their moments before Rodriquez takes the initiative down the stretch, winning by a narrow margin on the scorecards.