Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Steven Butler: "I Will Knock Valenzuela Out
Or I Will Stop Him Before The 10th Round"
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL - The WBC Continental middleweight champion, the
Montrealer Steven Butler, and the Mexican Paul Valenzuela
Jr. will be featured in the main event (10 rounds) of the
boxing show presented by the promoter Camille Estephan, from
The Eye Of Tiger Management Group, Thursday evening at the
Montreal Casino Cabaret.
Butler (27-1-1) is ranked fourth contender by the WBC and
eight by the IBF in the 160 pounds division. He really hopes
to fight in the boxing major leagues in the Months to come.
“I got perfect preparation for this bout and I am very
impatient to be in the ring,” said Butler before the weigh
in held Wednesday afternoon at the Montréal Casino.
“Valenzuela has a good technique, he has a pretty solid
experience, but no doubt in my mind, I will get out of the
ring in the winning side. I really believe I will knock him
out or I gonna stop him before the 10th round. After this
fight, I will talk to Camille Estephan to know if he is
agreeing with me. I would love to fight a boxer ranked high
in the world before the end of the year or next year. I
really believe I am ready for the boxing major leagues now.”
At his last bout, May 2nd at the Las Vegas Hard Rock
Hotel-Casino, Butler scored the most important win of his
pro boxing career. I beat the Ukrainian Vitali Kopylenko
(28-2-0) by split decision in 10 rounds.
Valenzuela (23-8-0) is a fighter from Santa Rosalia, Mexico.
“Last year, I sparred few rounds with Butler when he fought
in Las Vegas, then, I know pretty much what to expect from
him,” said Valenzuela. “Butler is good fighter, I am taking
him very seriously, and I really think I will leave Montreal
with my 24th win on pro boxing record. If Butler believes
that this fight will help him to progress in his boxing
career, I think exactly the same thing for me.”
Butler is 24 years old, Valenzuela 32.
Just before the main event, the Montrealer Russian Batyr
Jukembayev (16-0-0) will face the Mexican Miguel Vazquez
(41-8-0) in a WBA super lightweight (140 pounds) Americas
Continental championship and in a IBF Inter-Continental
At the weigh in, Butler posted an official weight of 163.8
pounds, versus 164.6 for Valenzuela, and Jukembayev got a
weight of 139.2 on the scale, versus 138.4 for Vazquez.
The super welterweight (154 pounds) Raphael Courchesne
(7-0-0), from Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, the Montrealer
lightweight (135 pounds) Avery Martin-Duval (2-0-0), the
Montrealer Russian middleweight Aman Kazankapov (0-0-1), the
French light heavyweight (175 pounds) Simon Pierre Adde
(5-1-0) and the Montrealer female flyweight (106 pounds) Kim
Clavel (9-0-0) will be involved in the preliminaries bouts
of the evening.
Courchesne will fight the Mexican Javier Mercado (26-14-2),
Duval will face the Mexican Alexis Ocampo (2-1-0),
Kazankapov will challenge the Mexican Jesus Arriaga (2-1-0),
Adde will meet the Mexican Juan Santiago Colchado (6-5-1)
and finally, Clavel will fight the German Xenia Jorneac
Estephan will present another boxing show Saturday afternoon
at the Montréal Casino.
This time, the Montrealer heavyweight Russian Arslanbek
Makhmudov (8-0-0), will be involved in the main event, a
NABF North American championship.