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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Steven Butler: "I Will Knock Valenzuela Out
Or I Will Stop Him Before The 10th Round"

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The WBC Continental middleweight champion, the Montrealer Steven Butler, and the Mexican Paul Valenzuela Jr. will be featured in the main event (10 rounds) of the boxing show presented by the promoter Camille Estephan, from The Eye Of Tiger Management Group, Thursday evening at the Montreal Casino Cabaret.

Butler (27-1-1) is ranked fourth contender by the WBC and eight by the IBF in the 160 pounds division. He really hopes to fight in the boxing major leagues in the Months to come.

“I got perfect preparation for this bout and I am very impatient to be in the ring,” said Butler before the weigh in held Wednesday afternoon at the Montréal Casino. “Valenzuela has a good technique, he has a pretty solid experience, but no doubt in my mind, I will get out of the ring in the winning side. I really believe I will knock him out or I gonna stop him before the 10th round. After this fight, I will talk to Camille Estephan to know if he is agreeing with me. I would love to fight a boxer ranked high in the world before the end of the year or next year. I really believe I am ready for the boxing major leagues now.”

At his last bout, May 2nd at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel-Casino, Butler scored the most important win of his pro boxing career. I beat the Ukrainian Vitali Kopylenko (28-2-0) by split decision in 10 rounds.

Valenzuela (23-8-0) is a fighter from Santa Rosalia, Mexico.

“Last year, I sparred few rounds with Butler when he fought in Las Vegas, then, I know pretty much what to expect from him,” said Valenzuela. “Butler is good fighter, I am taking him very seriously, and I really think I will leave Montreal with my 24th win on pro boxing record. If Butler believes that this fight will help him to progress in his boxing career, I think exactly the same thing for me.”

Butler is 24 years old, Valenzuela 32.

Just before the main event, the Montrealer Russian Batyr Jukembayev (16-0-0) will face the Mexican Miguel Vazquez (41-8-0) in a WBA super lightweight (140 pounds) Americas Continental championship and in a IBF Inter-Continental championship.

At the weigh in, Butler posted an official weight of 163.8 pounds, versus 164.6 for Valenzuela, and Jukembayev got a weight of 139.2 on the scale, versus 138.4 for Vazquez.

The super welterweight (154 pounds) Raphael Courchesne (7-0-0), from Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, the Montrealer lightweight (135 pounds) Avery Martin-Duval (2-0-0), the Montrealer Russian middleweight Aman Kazankapov (0-0-1), the French light heavyweight (175 pounds) Simon Pierre Adde (5-1-0) and the Montrealer female flyweight (106 pounds) Kim Clavel (9-0-0) will be involved in the preliminaries bouts of the evening.

Courchesne will fight the Mexican Javier Mercado (26-14-2), Duval will face the Mexican Alexis Ocampo (2-1-0), Kazankapov will challenge the Mexican Jesus Arriaga (2-1-0), Adde will meet the Mexican Juan Santiago Colchado (6-5-1) and finally, Clavel will fight the German Xenia Jorneac (10-4-0),

Estephan will present another boxing show Saturday afternoon at the Montréal Casino.

This time, the Montrealer heavyweight Russian Arslanbek Makhmudov (8-0-0), will be involved in the main event, a NABF North American championship.


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