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Butler Will Face Macias In Mexico

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL, Canada - The Montrealer middleweight Steven Butler will have his next bout January 30th in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Butler (28-2-1) will fight the Mexican Jose de Jesus Macias (27-10-3) in a NABF middleweight (160 pounds) North American championship.

“Steven was supposed to face Francis Lafrenière, from Coteau-du-Lac in the West Island of Montréal, but Lafrenière has finally decided to cancel this fight,” said the promoter of The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group in Montréal, Camille Estephan, “Then, I finalized a deal to organize a middleweight North American championship between Steven and Jose de Jesus Macias in Mexico. It will be a great fight, Butler and Macias are both tough fighters, aggressive and intense.”

According some rumors, Lafrenière has decided to take his retirement.

Just before the fight Butler-Macias, the Montrealer Russian super middleweight (168 pounds) Saddriddin Akhmudov (11-0-0) will have the most important bout of his pro boxing career. He will face Stephen Danyo (17-3-3), from Rotterdam, Netherland, in a WBA Continental championship.

“Akhmudov is a very aggressive, intense and talented fighter, and I really believe that he will get a fascinating career on the international boxing scene,” said Estephan. “He is certainly ready for this challenge.”

In the opening bout of the evening, the female featherweight (126 pounds) Leila Beaudoin, from Québec City, will be in action, but The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group should confirm her rival in the next two weeks.


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