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Steven Butler Losses His First World Championship Bout To Ryota Murata

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 him.

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.


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