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Butler Stops Herrera In The 10th Round

By Daniel Cloutier

The Montrealer super welterweight Steven Butler, who hopes to reach the Top 10 of the international boxing ratings in the months to come, made another step in this direction Saturday evening in the ring the Montréal Casino.

Butler, who suffered of his only loss in pro boxing last year against the Canadian Brendan Cook (19-1-0) at Bell Centre in Montréal, obtained his fifth win in a row Saturday in beating the Mexican Jaime Herrera (15-6-1) in a vacant IBO International 154 pounds championship.

Butler (23-1-1) won the bout by TKO in the 10th round. Butler stopped his opponent one minute before the end of the last round. This boxing show was organized by the promoter Camille Estephan, the big boss of The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group.

“I want more and more significant bouts to move up in the international ratings,” said Butler after the bout. “It’s an important win and I want more significant fights in the months to come. I know I have my place among the best super welterweights on the international scene. I know I made important progress technically and strategically since a year. I think I showed it in my last fights.”

Ranked number nine contender by the WBO in the welterweight (147 pounds) division, Custio Clayton, a fighter from Halifax, Nova Scotia, living in Montréal since 2014, will certainly move up in the ratings.

Just before the fight Butler-Herrera, Clayton improved his pro record to 14-0-0 with a win by KO over the Hungarian Gabor Kovacs (28-10-1). Clayton provoked a knockdown after 15 seconds of action in the first round, and he won by KO 10 seconds later.

The Montrealer Russian super lightweight Batyr Jukembayev stayed also undefeated (12-0-0), beating the Mexican Noe Nunez (18-6-1) by TKO after only 36 seconds of action.

Erik Bazinyan (18-0-0), a Montrealer ranked 10th contender by the WBO in the super middleweight division (168 pounds), improved his situation his beating the Hungarian Ferenc Albert (26-13-0) by TKO in the third round.

Ablakhan Khussainov (8-0-0), a lightweight from Kazakstan living in Montréal since 2015, won by unanimous decision in eight rounds over the Mexican Gilberto Meza (8-5-1).

The heavyweight Adam Braidwood, from Victoria, British Columbia, increased his pro record to 12-1-0, in beating the Mexican Jesus Manuel Perez (9-5-0) by KO in the first round.

The Montrealer cruiserweight Artur Ziatdinov scored his fourth win in pro boxing (4-0-0), with a victory by TKO in the first round over Markhatle Wedderburn (2-2-0), from Calgary, Alberta.

Finally, the super welterweight Raphael Courchesne, from Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, obtained his second win in pro boxing (2-0-0), beating the Mexican Luis Acuna Rojas (2-2-0) also by TKO in the first round.


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