Ellesmere Port ace and former IBF World Bantamweight Champion Paul Butler has spoken of his desire to travel to Japan to face feared KO machine Naoya Inoue if he beats Petchbarngborn Kokietgym this Saturday night.

Speaking with iFL TV’s James Helder, 27-year-old Butler accepted he’d likely need to travel to Japan to face one of their hottest boxing stars.

“I think he’s a brilliant fighter [Inoue]. He’s the best in the division at the moment. A fight with him would more than likely be in Japan – that excites me a lot. I haven’t really travelled yet as a fighter, so I’d look forward to boxing in Japan against Inoue,” said Butler.

Looking ahead to his WBO International Super-Flyweight Title defence this Saturday night at the Echo Arena, Butler was in confident mood before facing Thailand’s Petchbarngborn Kokietgym.

“I’ve watched quite a bit of him. He’s quite lazy. He likes to work at his own pace. If he’s pushed hard he doesn’t really like it.

“Obviously the plan will be to take him out of his comfort zone because he throws between 35-45 per round. A lot of them are jabs. Not short jabs, range finder jabs. If he’s close enough he throws the right hand around the side to head or the body,” Butler added.

“Other than that, he doesn’t really do too much. The plan will be slipping that jab, catching that jab, and as soon as you feel that jab, putting the pressure on him.

“It’s about catching the jab, knowing when to go, knowing when to slip it, knowing when that right hand’s going to come. He does everything pretty robotic. He does pretty much everything the same. The game plan’s been drilled into me 8, 9 weeks with Oliver.”

See Butler’s full interview below, and watch him live on BoxNation this Saturday night from 6pm.