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Boxing Champion visits Calderdale College

22nd November 2013 <b>Boxing</b> Champion visits Calderdale College

Early this month, current Super-Bantamweight WBO Intercontinental, British & Commonwealth Champion Paul Butler, known as the ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ and legendary trainer Anthony Farnell took time out of their rigorous training schedule to visit the College.

24 year-old Paul Butler from Ellesmere Port, Merseyside took part in a training session with College students in front of 250 students from Sport and Public Services to Electrical and the Prince’s Trust in the Hybrid room of the £6 million state-of-the-art Technology Centre.

Jamie Leahy, Teaching & Learning Champion for Sport, Public Services and Animal Care said: “Today was a fantastic opportunity for students to experience a day in the life of a Sports professional; hopefully it will fill them with inspiration and motivation to work towards a career in Sport.”

Butler has been Boxing for over 14 years and remembers the moment when he realised he wanted to be a professional world famous Boxer: “I started Boxing when I was 10 as an amateur, had my first amateur fight at 11. I remember going to New York City when I was 11 and an ex-world champion watched me box and said I was going to be a world champion and ever since he said that it has driven me to succeed, and I have always wanted to be a world champion. I won the ABA’s back in 2010, turned professional with Antony and we have been pushing ever since to get a World Title and we are not far away now.”

Butler, who has his sights set on the World Title is currently ranked number seven in the World WBO and ten in a couple of governing bodies reflects on his best moment in his career so far: “Definitely winning the British title, it was actually a year ago on 9th November that I won the British title against John Donnelly and sold 500/600 tickets that night. I walked down to start the first round and I landed a body shot in the first 69 seconds and ended the fight and the place was electric. That would be hard to top, even if I do win a World Title.”

Butler highlights the importance of following your dreams: “I have always followed my dream. You need your education. I believe in people going to school and listening, I wish I had listened when I was at school; I have fallen on my feet and have been really lucky. If you are good at something, work hard and you will definitely achieve it.”

If Butler had the opportunity to go back in time, he would have been more disciplined with his weight: “When I was boxing for England I could have won the last Olympic qualifier and I missed out on Beijing by two points because of my weight management really and somebody got picked who I had already beaten. There was only 2lbs between us and it could have changed my career and increased my salary!”

Paul’s father has been instrumental to his success. Paul gets his inspiration from his father, who has supported him every step of the way: “My dad has always backed me no matter what I have decided to do. Before I went to the Boxing Gym it was always Football and he always backed me playing Football and ever since I started Boxing he has backed me all the way and guided me on the right path and I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for him.”

Butler, who wanted to be a Professional Footballer for Liverpool as a child was extremely impressed with the College’s state-of-the-art facilities: “I think it is amazing, it is a good College. We have a new College near us and it is nowhere near as good as this. I was given a tour of the top of the range Gym, Dance Studio and Sports facilities and if I lived near here, I would definitely come here to study.”

The key to success, not just in the world of Boxing, but also in life is attributed to dedication and hard work as Butler explains: “Hard work – you have to be driven, discipline - you have to listen in order to learn. If you don’t listen you are never going to learn. Anthony has been there and done it before - you have to listen to those around you.”

Anthony Farnell, Paul’s Manager considers Paul to be the ideal student and able to work on his own initiative. After visiting the College, Paul was both impressed and energised: “It is the first time I have been to the College and it was brilliant, I didn’t expect to see all these amazing facilities. If we weren’t so far away we would come here all the time.”

Before his departure, Anthony also imparted some words of wisdom to budding young boxers: “Go to your local amateur Boxing gym – that’s what I did or go on the internet and look at available places.”

Andrew Lenehan, Sport, Science, Public Services and Animal Care Programme Manager said: “It is a great opportunity to have a World Class Champion Boxer and trainer come into the College to show what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. I am sure all students present today will go home feeling inspired and even more driven to achieve their dreams.”

The unbeaten super-flyweight star defends his WBO Intercontinental title in the biggest fight of his career against Mexican ‘Hurricane’, Ruben Montoya in a bid for a WBA Intercontinental title at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday 7th December.

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