Double celebration for the Butler family
Published on: 05 May 2015
WHEN Sgt Adam Butler received an MBE from the Queen for his military courage in Afghanistan, there wasn’t even the slightest hint of sibling rivalry from brother Danny.
For during the very same week, boxer Danny boasted his own amazing achievement, taking the IBO international light middleweight title and giving him the chance of a shot of the British title.
Needless to say the family home in Stapleton was the scene of much celebration and tears of joy.
Dad Ronnie said: “It’s brilliant. Adam received his medal from the Queen on the Tuesday and on the Saturday Danny won his fight at Whitchurch Sports Centre.
“We couldn’t have asked for two better sons. They both work hard and have never been in trouble.”
Adam, travelled to Windsor Castle with Ronnie, mum Lyn, girlfriend Denise and their son Alfie, 8, on April 14 to receive the MBE.
The prestigious award recognises the former Ridings School pupil’s bravery in the Royal Engineers’ Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment.
Although Adam was a corporeal at the time, he was carrying out a higher ranking job training a team in how to identify and deal with bombs.
The 31-year-old spent three tours of duty in Afghanistan and one in Iraq and currently has a two-year post training army recruits at Pirbright, Surrey.
Ronnie said Adam’s time overseas was a huge worry for the family.
“We were always waiting for a knock on the door. If we heard a knock late at night we would think something had happened to Adam.
“It’s absolutely fantastic what he’s done for his country. His dedication is spot on - it’s got to be. It has to be mind-boggling what he does. I think he’s mad though. I never ever thought he would end up doing that.”
Just four days later, 27-year-old Danny beat Georgian opponent Giorgi Ungiadze.
The win will hopefully open the door for the former Whitefield Fishponds School pupil to have a crack at a British title.
Ronnie said: “Danny did wrestling for eight years when he was eight-years-old and was English and British champion for six years. He turned to amateur boxing when he was 13, won the junior ABA’s championships and turned professional when he was 18.
“He worked really hard for this title. It’s really hard work what he does but you have to work hard in professional boxing.”
Danny, who lives in Frenchay and trains at Paddy John’s boxing gym in Kingswood, said the pressure was on to make it a double celebration.
He said: “The guy I was fighting was very tough. All the eastern European guys are so we knew what to expect but I didn’t expect him to be that tough. He just kept coming forward.
“It’s a great win for me. I’m ranked number three in Great Britain now so I’m hoping to get a crack at the British title.”
Danny said it was the perfect end to a fantastic week.
“To get an MBE is a massive achievement for Adam. I’m so proud of him. When he told me I was over the moon. It’s a risky job but he’s doing really well.
“It was a big week for the family. With Adam receiving the award, I felt quite a bit of pressure on me toward the end of the week because I wanted to make it a double celebration.”
Adam said being honoured by the Queen was an experience he would never forget.
“It was unreal, just amazing. I felt proud it was in recognition for the job I was doing. I was running a training team which worked hard for months out in Afghanistan.
“The first time I went to there I was scared but the fear goes. It’s not complacency but a case of getting used to it.”
Adam said all eyes turned to Danny at the weekend.
“After my investiture on the Tuesday the pressure was massively on Danny to polish off the week. But he pulled it out the bag. It was a massive achievement and I’m really proud of him.”
Ronnie said: “We really couldn’t be any prouder of Adam and Danny.”