Bellew vs Haye 2: Paul Butler not buying the Emmanuel Rodriguez 'special' hype
By Matt Horan
Last Updated: 02/05/18 2:27pm
Paul Butler has no concerns about the supposed "special talent" of Emmanuel Rodriguez ahead of their world title clash this Saturday.
Butler and Puerto Rico's Rodriguez will battle for the IBF bantamweight crown, recently vacated by Ryan Burnett, at The O2, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Rodriguez (17-0), a standout amateur, has been earmarked for major success in the paid ranks but Butler is confident of quashing the hype around the 25-year-old.
When you watch him, you think he [Rodriguez] is a special kid, but go through the rounds and watch his mistakes, there's loads we've seen.
Paul Butler [With promoter Eddie Hearn]
"It's going to be tough for me but also for him, we've done a lot of homework and have been watching him for many weeks," Butler said, speaking at Wednesday's public workout.
"I'm really looking forward to it.
"When you watch him, you think he [Rodriguez] is a special kid, but go through the rounds and watch his mistakes, there's loads we've seen.
"We've both got similar styles, we love a left hook to the body and go from head to body. He has a good jab but take that away and not much is there.
"I know if I've trained hard, sparred well, I can get in with anyone and win. We've watched enough."