Butler’s set to serve up win

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JOSEPH BUTLER is set to continue his gutsy fightback from injury in the Southern Counties final tomorrow.

The Moneyfields talent advanced to the next stage of the England Boxing Junior Championships last weekend.

Butler overcame Guildford City’s Alfie Clegg with a fine performance to progress.

It marked the next stage of the 15-year-old’s return from a broken hand.

That kept Butler out of the ring for a year after making a semi-final run in the Schools’ Championships.

Now he faces Kemsing’s Alfie Bye, as he aims to continue in the national event at 48kg.

Moneyfields coach Colin Hooker said: ‘Joseph is looking good.

‘He broke his hand in the close season but stayed in the gym and did what he could.

‘Now he’s cracked on and put the effort in – and he’s getting his reward.

‘He’s a lively kid. He’s a southpaw, a short, stocky box-fighter.

‘Joseph has aggression but it’s controlled aggression.

‘If he keeps working hard he will do well.’

Butler also recently picked up one of the biggest scalps of his amateur boxing career.

A success against Gemini Liverpool’s double national finalist Jake Harrison came against the odds.

Hooker said: ‘We didn’t expect Joseph to win coming off the injury.

‘We took the bout for experience but he won all three rounds.’