MOST trainers would consider themselves lucky to mentor one fighter with genuine world title ambitions.
But in the case of Brian Butler, he has two fighters with the potential to do great things.
Then again, Butler isn’t most trainers and the Croydon-based East End Boxing isn’t just any gym. On Saturday night, Butler will guide talented twins Andrew and Jason Moloney into battle for the tenth time as professionals.
Ahead of their latest outing at the Melbourne Park Function Centre, Butler is his calm but typically assured self.
“We don’t plan to win by knockout but if we see the opportunity, I’ll tell the boys what to put together,” said Butler in an interview with Aus-Boxing. “I just look for the openings and they go out and put the combinations together.”
“Andrew will definitely be looking to get some rounds in this week. Jason’s last opponent went six rounds, which should have really been a ten rounder. It wouldn’t have gone the ten, as you know Jason dropped him,”
“But it was good for Jason to get those rounds. We’ll always take the win whether it’s by points or a knockout.”
“Obviously, it looks a lot more impressive for their world ratings if they get the stoppage, but I really hope to see them get the rounds in. If the stoppage comes, I hope to see it come with a hard blow after the halfway mark.”
Andrew Moloney will defend his WBA Oceania bantamweight title against former world title challenger Jether Oliva, while brother Jason defends his equivalent super bantamweight belt against durable veteran Gerpaul Valero.
To Butler, the beauty of the boxing brothers is the variety they offer, which is also reflected in their opponents.
“They are fighting all these guys with different styles,” Butler explained.
“They need more rounds with different opponents. As they move up the ladder, hopefully when they come across some of the bigger names next year they know what to do. I want them to learn how to handle different styles.”
“I would like to see if we can get them to face a couple more southpaws before they face any of the bigger names.”
Butler is methodical in his approach to training the talented twins and isn’t afraid to travel to improve his fighters and his training methods. Recent camps in both the Philippines and the US highlight this mindset.
“Right now I’m happy with their training; their preparation has been fantastic,” he added. “They are both relaxed and their weight is good. Now with just a little bit more light work in the gym this week and they are ready.”
“This will be their fifth fight this year and hopefully we finish up in December with six fights.”
Despite both brothers having lengthy amateur careers, Butler understands that there is still learning to be done as professionals. However, he believes the time for both to learn and develop will be over the next two years.
“They both had long careers as amateurs,” he continued.
“We don’t want them fighting for the next eight years trying to build a record of twenty fights. I think if we can get them to six fights this year and next year, they will be knocking on the door at the end of next year.”
“I think it’s pretty important, especially as they have had some early stoppage wins,”
“It’s important that they both keep fighting regularly. Once they start hitting the fighters in the top ten or just out outside of it, we will start dropping back a little bit once they start fighting at twelve rounds.”
“I’m very happy with their progress, they aren’t little boys anymore, they are men.”
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