‘It’s an honour’ – Port Vale ace backing Burslem boxer’s title bid


Burslem boxer Kaash Buttery will be walked to the ring by one of his footballing heroes when he fights for the Midlands title on March 28.

The 21-year-old Vale fan will have the support of Tom Pope, hopefully seeing him stretching his undefeated record.

Buttery, who trains at the Impact Gym in Fenton, is 7-0 and looking forward to his fight against Delmar Thomas of Nottingham who is 5-0, including two knock outs.

The fight, for the British Boxing Board of Control’s Midland’s Area lightweight final, is at the King’s Hall in Stoke.

Buttery can’t wait – and says his dream is to fight for a national title at Vale Park.

He said: “It’s great to get Tom involved, especially with me being a Vale fan. I grew up watching him on the pitch so to have him involved is amazing. I’m proud to be from Burslem and proud to be a Vale fan.”

As to the fight, Buttery doesn’t expect to have it easy against his unbeaten opponent.

He said: “It’s going to be a tough fight. He’s going to be coming to stick it on me, but there are levels and I want to show what level I am at on the 28th.

“It will be a good fight for five rounds but then I think I will pull away in the later rounds.”

Buttery was trained by Tom Lowe, the inspirational coach who died last year, aged 54, after losing his fight against cancer.

The boxer describes Lowe as like a father figure. Buttery started boxing aged 10 and went to different clubs before he was trained by Lowe at his club in Kidsgrove.

He nurtured the youngster’s talent and Buttery thrived at amateur level, winning Staffordshire and Midlands titles as well as an England elite title, an England gold medal and a British national championship before turning professional in 2017.

He said: “After losing Tom I was in a hole. It did hit me hard but my team Scott Lawton and Gaz Taylor have stuck by me and I owe a lot to them. I want to get on and do Tom Lowe proud.”        

Burslem boxer Kaash Buttery and Port Vale striker Tom Pope. Vale fan Kaash is preparing for a Midlands Title fight, on March 28, and Tom will be walking to the ring with him.

Port Vale hero Pope is flattered to be asked to walk Kaash to the ring.

He said: “It is an honour for me. I know Kaash is pleased I am doing it, but I love my boxing and it’s going to be a great feeling for me.

“Hopefully he can get the win that will help him get where he wants to go.

“Boxing is a tough sport, ten times harder than football. You don’t get punched in the face playing football very often.

“Kaash looks like he’s a really good prospect. He’s a Vale fan,  but not only that he wants to do it for Burslem. So, I am happy to help. Hopefully he’s going to have a good career and we can all keep an eye on his journey.”

For ticket inquiries about the fight, contact Kaash on 07407 075969

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