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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Butler Loses By KO For Second Time In A Row; Akhmedov Remains Undefeated

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL —— The Montrealer Steven Butler suffered of his second consecutive loss by KO Friday night in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The Mexican Jose De Jesus Macias (27-10-3) beat Butler (28-3-1) by KO in the fifth round.

Butler started the fight on a good note, he did very well technically in the first four rounds, but Macias connected him with a solid right hand on the chin in the fifth round, Butler was clearly hurt. Macias followed with a solid left hook on the chin, and he scored a KO.

“Steven was excellent in the first four rounds, he was intense and good technically, but Macias surprised him in the fifth round, like you saw it,” said Mike Moffa, Butler’s trainer.

It was a 13th win KO for Macias. Butler won 24 times by KO or TKO.

At his previous bout, December 23rd in Yokohama, Japan, Butler lost by TKO in the seventh round against the WBA middleweight (160 pounds) champion of the world, the Japanese Ryota Murata (16-2-0).

Just before the fight Butler-Macias, the Montrealer Russian Sadriddin Akhmedov stayed undefeated (12-0-0) in pro boxing, beating Stephen Danyo (17-4-3), from the Netherlands, by unanimous decision in a NABF North American super middleweight (168 pounds) championship.

“Sadriddin proved again that he is a great fighter,” said the trainer Marc Ramsay. “He fought intensively, and he did so well technically. He will certainly have a great boxing career.”

Akhmedov should be ranked in the world before the end of the year.


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