Lee McGregor Wants Shot At Paul Butler’s World Title

Lee McGregor

Lee McGregor hopes to challenge Paul Butler for his world title.

One month ago, Butler produced an impressive performance to beat Jonas Sultan on points and take WBO Interim honours. Nearly a fortnight later the 33-year-old got upgraded to full champion status after the governing body stripped John Riel Casimero of his title following the Filipino’s failure to defend it against Butler on two occasions.

McGregor, who along with Butler fights under the Probellum banner, is ranked at number eight with the WBO and says he’s been ‘licking his lips’ since Butler became champion.

“It’s a fight that’s easy to make,” said the Scot who suffered a shock draw against Diego Ruiz last time out.

“It makes sense and is a big fight in Britain. I don’t want to sound disrespectful, but I would love that fight and would fancy my chances.”

Butler has gone on record saying he will travel to watch the Nayoa Inoue-Nonito Donaire unification rematch on June 7 in Japan and hopes to fight the winner in an undisputed title fight.

Should McGregor not land his first world title fight against the Ellesmere Port bantam then a move to super bantamweight may be on the cards.

“I have made it clear to my team that it’s either a shot at the world title next, or I move up and make an assault on the super bantamweight scene and get a title shot there,” said the European champion.

“I know I am a major, major force at bantam and super bantamweight, and I am ready for them all. There may even be opportunities for me up at featherweight. I am going to up through the weight divisions.”