Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Steven Butler Losses His First World Championship Bout To
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer middleweight Steven Butler lost
his first participation to a world championship bout Monday
evening in Japan. The Japanese champion Ryota Murata
(16-2-0) made a successful defense of his WBA middleweight
(160 pounds) championship of the world, in beating Butler
(28-2-1) by KO in the fifth round at the Yokohama Arena.
Murata (16-2-0) attacked furiously in each round, and he
finally stopped his opponent in the fifth round. He scored
his KO with a solid right hand on the jaw.
Butler was dreaming since several years to get an
opportunity to fight for a world title. A sad result for
For Murata, it was a fourth defense of his world title that
he won against the French African Hassam N’Dam N’Jikam in
2017 in Japan.
N’Jikam (37-5-0) fought in Montréal in June 2015, and the
Montrealer David Lemieux (41-4-0) beat him by unanimous
decision in an IBF middleweight championship of the world
presented at Bell Centre.
For Lemieux, it was a first conquest of a world title.