Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Steven Butler: "I Am Gonna Win This Fight By KO"
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL - Ranked eight contender by the WBO in the
middleweight division, the Montrealer middleweight Steven
Butler considers this a crucial fight with the American
Carson Jones. Saturday evening in the ring of the Montréal
Casino, Butler (23-1-1) and Jones (40-23-3), a veteran
fighter from Oklahoma City, will be involved in the main
event of this pro boxing show presented by Camille Estephan,
the promoter of The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group.
Butler (23-1-1) will try to score in sixth win in a row.
Jones, on his side, lost by TKO against the British Kell
Brook and the Californian Mexican Antonio Margarito. “Jones
lost against top fighters like Brook and Margarito, but he
thinks he will have ann easy game with me,” said Butler. “He
will have the surprise of his life. I am taking all my
opponents very seriously, I am perfectly prepared mentally,
physically, technically and strategically for this fight,
and the result will be spectacular for me. I am positive I
gonna win this fight by KO. No doubt, it’s a crucial fight
for me. A win against a veteran like Carson Jones should
help me to improve my position in the international boxing
ratings. It’s so important to me to move up in the ratings.
I would love so much to get a chance to fight eventually for
a world title.”
Jones seems more than confident at few hours of this match
up with Butler. “Butler has the reputation to be a solid
puncher, but I know I can punch myself,” said Jones. “And I
know that Butler will be unable to hurt me. I trained
several times with top fighters like Gennady Golovkin and
Saul Canelo Alvarez, I fought Kell Brook and Antonio
Margarito, then, do you think sincerely that Butler can
intimidate me? Come on! I really believe that my experience
on the international boxing scene will make the difference
in the result of this bout. I know when it’s the perfect
moment to attack or counter-attack, or fight defensively. A
great win for me in Montréal it’s important, because I want
to see my name back in the international ratings. If I want
to have another opportunity to fight for a world title, I
need to score an impressive win against Butler.”
A fighter of 31 years old, Jones is a former USBA champion,
former WBC international champion, former IBF international
champion and former NABA North American champion. Butler won
20 times by KO or TKO, versus 30 times for Jones.
At the weigh in, Butler posted an officiel weight of 159.5
pounds versus 160.5 for Jones.
The referee for the main event will be the Montrealer Alain
Villeneuve, and the judges will also be all Montrealers,
Nicholas Esnault, Marie-Josée Guérin and Pasquale Procopio.
Just before the main event, the Montrealer Mathieu Germain
(14-0-0) will dispute an IBF super lightweight North
American championship (10 rounds) in fighting the Mexican
Christian Uruzquieta (17-3-1).
The Montrealer Erik Bazinyan (19-0-0) and the Peruvian David
Zegarra (32-2-0) will dispute a NABO super middleweight
North American championship (10 rounds).
The Montrealer welterweight Ghislain Maduma (18-3-0), the
middleweight Vincent Thibault (5-0-0), from Québec City and
the super welterweight Raphael Courchesne (3-0-0), from
Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, will be involved in the
preliminaries bouts of the evening. They will all fight
Mexicans fighters. Maduma will face Johnny Navarette
(31-12-2), Thibault will challenge Manuel Garcia (15-14-2)
and Courchesne will be opposed to Ernesto Olvera (7-0-1).
At the weigh in, Germain posted an official weight of 140
pounds, Uruzquieta got exactly the same weight, Bazinyan
167, Zegarra 168, Maduma 147, Navarette 146, Thibault 164,
Garcia 163, Courchesne 151 and Olvera 152 pounds.
“All these fights should provide great action,” said Camille
Estephan. “The last three fights of the evening will
certainly be very exciting for the crowd. Butler is fighting
a big name on the international boxing scene, and Germain
and Bazinyan will dispute titles fights, bouts which could
help them to move up in the ratings.”