Sunny Edwards says he is 'one billion per cent' serious about challenging new world bantamweight champion Paul Butler.
Butler (34-2, 15 KOs) defeated Jonas Sultan to win the interim WBO bantamweight title last month, before he was then elevated to full world champion after John Riel Casimero was stripped of his belt last week.
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Since then, undefeated IBF flyweight champion Edwards (18-0, 4 KOs) has taken to social media to say he would happy step up two weight classes for a showdown with Butler, but he feels the Ellesmere Port man will not take the fight.
Edwards said: "I am one billion per cent serious about fighting Paul Butler. I don't say things that don't mean. Not in boxing, not in my private life.
"It's a fight I'd be 100% confident with, it would be an inter-Probellum fight, it would be an all-British world title fight, but I couldn't really see it happening, if I'm honest, because if I was Paul Butler, I would stay every possible mile in this world away from me and I think that will be the response.
“I think Paul’s coach, Joe Gallagher, is probably much smarter than that, as well. But it's a fight that I would like, it was never really on my radar until a few months ago when I got dragged into a back and forth on Twitter with his dad. But Paul’s a good fighter, don't get confused.
“For me, there are levels to boxing. It's a fight that would allow me to prove the mindset that I'm willing to go up and down in weights to where the fights make sense."