Steve Claggett Defeats Miguel Madueno
Live from the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal, Albertan Steve
Claggett secured his 37th career victory by unanimous
decision, holding onto his NABF title while also clinching
the WBO International title for super lightweights. Montreal
boxer Steven Butler, on his part, returned to victory by
stopping his opponent in the 10th round.
Steve Claggett (37-7-2, 25 KOs) kept his promise and
responded to the attacks from Miguel Madueno (30-2, 28 KOs)
by securing a convincing unanimous decision after
overwhelming his opponent with punches for 10 rounds. With
this victory, the man nicknamed "The Dragon" continues his
climb towards the top rankings, now holding two titles.
"I knew he would be tough and hungry, so I expected a tough
fight, but I can do better; you haven't seen the best of me
yet," declared Claggett, defending his NABF title and
simultaneously winning the WBO International title.
Returning for the first time since his world championship
defeat last May, Steven Butler (33-4-1, 27 KOs) regained the
path to victory by stopping Ivan Alvarez (32-15-4, 21 KOs)
in the 10th round. Despite the final result, Butler's fight
was not without difficulty, and referee Yvon Goulet had to
intervene several times to restore order.
"I still need to work on that; I was emotional at times, and
I'm not proud of it, but my coach did a good job calming me
down and saying the right things at the right time,"
commented the Montreal native, teaming up with American
coach John Scully for the first time.
On the undercard, four other fights were showcased, and
EOTTM boxers each secured victories. Tokyo Olympic bronze
medalist, Imam Khataev (5-0, 5 KOs), continued his
destructive work by stopping Fernando Galvan (8-9-1, 2 KOs)
in the 2nd round.
Montrealer of Turkish origin, Mehmet Unal (7-0, 6 KOs), won
by abandonment for the second consecutive fight, this time
in the 2nd round against Jaime Hernandez Lopez (10-11, 4
In his first 6-round fight of his career, Quebecer Wilkens
Mathieu (5-0, 3 KOs) fought hard—reaching the limit—but
secured a victory by unanimous decision against Polish
Grzegorz Mardyla (1-1-1).
Finally, in the opening bout, Frenchman Moreno Fendero (2-0,
1 KO) secured his first career knockout victory by getting
rid of Cristian Lopez Lozano (2-3) in the second round after
dictating the pace.