Paul Butler, the former bantamweight world champion has embraced his role as the World Boxing Super Series alternate, registering his third consecutive win after breaking down Salvador Hernandez in six rounds Saturday evening at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
With Rodriguez appearing versus Naoya Inoue in Saturday’s WBSS bantamweight semifinals contest, Butler sought to make a statement as an alternate in waiting. It required his chipping away at Hernandez, a 28-year old stubborn journeyman from Mexico who has won just three of his past 10 starts.
Butler spent most of the night fighting behind a tight guard, shooting crisp jabs and right hands against a willing but overmatched foe. The 30-year old dictated the pace throughout the contest.
Hernandez offered a more aggressive attack in round three although paying the price near the end of the frame as a left hook to the body—preceded by a left hook and right hand upstairs—had him nearly doubled over along the ropes.
Butler improves to 29-2 (14KOs).