Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Bantamweight
Who won Butler vs Rodriguez?
Emmanuel Rodriguez beat Paul Butler by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 5th May 2018 at The O2 Arena in London.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Emmanuel Rodriguez.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 118 pounds (8.4 stone or 53.5 KG).
This contest was for the IBF bantamweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Tony Bellew beating David Haye. Also, on the undercard Lenroy Thomas lost to Joe Joyce for the CBC Commonwealth Heavyweight belt, Martin Joseph Ward was overcome by James Tennyson and John Ryder was victorious over Jamie Cox.
Butler vs Rodriguez stats
Back in May 2018, Paul Butler stepped into the ring with a record of 26 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Emmanuel Rodriguez made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 17 wins and 0 draws, with 12 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Rodriguez had advantage in power over Butler, with a 71% knock out percentage over Butler's 54%.
Paul Butler was the older man by 3 years, at 29 years old.
Both Paul Butler & Emmanuel Rodriguez fought out of an orthodox stance.
Butler was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 10 more fights, and made his debut in 2010, 1 year and 5 months earlier than Rodriguez, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 126 more professional rounds, 265 to Rodriguez's 139.
Paul Butler went into the fight ranked number 4 by the IBF at bantamweight.
Emmanuel Rodriguez was ranked number 3 by the IBF in the 118lb division.
Butler vs Rodriguez form
Butler had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Stuart Hall on 30th September 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had beat Sebastian Sanchez on 12th March 2016 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Echo Arena, Liverpool.
Going into that contest, he had won against Silvio Olteanu on 19th December 2015 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Before that, he had beat Hector Rolando Gusman on 3rd October 2015 by knockout in the 1st round at Civic Hall, Wolverhampton.
He had defeated Gustavo Molina on 11th July 2015 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Velodrome, Manchester.
Butler's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 9 months and 24 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 33 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.6 rounds on average.
Rodriguez's last 4 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 22 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.5 rounds on average.
What time did Butler vs Rodriguez start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 8:00 PM BST at The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom, which was 3:00 PM EST or 12:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
Who broadcast Butler vs Rodriguez?
Butler vs Rodriguez was broadcast on Sky Box Office HD in the UK.
What were the odds on Butler vs Rodriguez?
Paul Butler was a 13/5 (+260) underdog going into the contest, while Emmanuel Rodriguez made his way into the ring at 29/100 (-340) with oddsmakers.