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Impressive win for Butler

Liverpool's Paul Butler stayed on course for a potential clash with IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall with victory at Aintree on Saturday night.

Butler, who has won British and Commonwealth titles as well as WBO and WBA inter-continental straps at super-flyweight in his last six fights, stopped Argentina's Oreste Bernabe Nieva inside four rounds.

The 'Baby-faced Assassin' unloaded a series of spiteful shots in the third round before bringing the bout to an inevitable conclusion with a fierce left to the body early in the fourth.

The 25-year-old is highly ranked by each of the sanctioning bodies at 115lbs but could make an immediate move up to bantamweight if it means challenging for Hall's title.

Kevin Satchell retained his Commonwealth flyweight title with a lop-sided points victory over Ghanaian veteran Isaac Quaye.

It was a workmanlike performance from the 'Iceman', whose familiar workrate and sheer volume of punches kept his 33-year-old opponent at bay throughout.

Satchell's jab was a potent weapon and Quaye found it very hard to counter, going down by scores of 120-108, 120-109 and 119-110.

The Liverpudlian's paucity of opponents at flyweight means an almost certain rematch with Iain Butcher this summer, with victory meaning he would retain his British title for keeps before potentially moving on to bigger things.

Satchell's Red Triangle gym-mates Ryan Farrag and Tom Stalker were also successful on the night with contrasting wins.

Farrag, now 11-1, stopped faded veteran Jason Booth in the fourth round of their bantamweight contest while former top amateur Stalker (6-0) struggled to dispose of Birmingham's Calum Cooper over eight rounds.

It was Stalker's second fight back from an injury absence and change of promoter but will need to put performances like this one behind him if he is to progress this year.

Former Prizefighter lightweight champion Terry Flanagan dominated Hungarian Gyorgi Mizsei over eight rounds while middleweight Ronnie Heffron edged out Scotland's John Thain 96-95.