Paul Butler will face a new opponent when he returns to the ring later this week.
The former IBF bantamweight world champion is back between the ropes on Friday, exclusively live on iFL TV, at the Bolton Whites Hotel in Bolton, England.
Butler, from Ellesmere Port, had originally been set to meet Joseph Agbeko in a final eliminator for the WBO bantamweight world title.
But Agbeko, it was revealed by MTK Global, had encountered visa issues, leaving them with no option but to replace the ex-global ruler with Willibaldo Garcia.
Garcia (12-4-1, 6 KOs) of Mexico will meet ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ Butler (32-2, 15 KOs) for the vacant WBO International bauble, as part of the supporting cast to Jay Harris against Ricardo Rafael Sandoval as the pair square off in a final eliminator for the IBF flyweight crown held by Britain’s Sunny Edwards.
The late replacement heads into the fight on a great run of form, having lost just one of his last 13 fights while picking up wins over Raul Esquer and Oscar Nery Plata in his last two outings.
Butler, meanwhile, was last in action last October when he outpointed Ryan Walker and he will be hoping that a win on this card, which also features his Joe Gallagher-trained gym-mate Hosea Burton, will propel him back to the upper echelons of the 118-pound division.
The aforementioned Burton takes on Liam Conroy in a final eliminator for the British light-heavyweight title which is currently being looked after by former WBA Super world title challenger Craig Richards and Gary Cully fights Viorel Simion.
Pierce O’Leary returns against Jan Marsalek, Jordan Reynolds faces Jan Ardon, Tyrone McCullagh goes up against Brett Fidoe and Blane Hyland will be looking to get back to winning ways against Reiss Taylor, while Inder Bassi collides with Chris Adaway.