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Steven Butler: "I Am Perfectly Prepared For The Most Important Moment In My Pro Boxing Career"

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL – The more the moment of the truth gets closer, the more the Montrealer Steven Butler has the conviction that he will become world champion December 23rd. Butler (28-1-1) will have the mission to dethrone the Japanese Ryota Murata (15-2-0) as WBA middleweight (160 pounds) champion of the world. The fight will be presented in Japan, at the Yokohama Arena, located at 36 miles from Tokyo.

“I got a perfect training camp for this challenge,” said Butler in a press conference held Thursday afternoon at the Ramsay Boxing gym in Montréal. “It will be the most important moment of my pro boxing career, then, I am perfectly prepared mentally, physically, technically and strategically. I know that Murata is a very good opponent, but I will do the necessary to dethrone him as WBA middleweight champion of the world. No doubt in my mind, I will come back in Montréal with the WBA belt in my luggage.”

Butler’s trainer, the former heavyweight Jean-François Bergeron is more than satisfied by his fighter's preparation. “Murata is a former Olympic champion who became pro boxing world champion in 2017, then, we got to take him very seriously,” said Bergeron. “Steven got a fantastic training camp and I am positive he will deliver a splendid performance December 23rd and he is gonna win this world championship bout. Steven has the talent and the determination to win significant fights. He proved it clearly in May 2019 in Las Vegas when he survived to a knockdown to finally beat the Ukrainian Vitali Kopylenko on points.”

The promoter Camille Estephan, of The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group in Montréal, is clearly impatient to be in Japan. “It’s true, it will be a historic moment in the Steven Butler’s career,” said Estephan. “I am very proud of Steven and I know how much he his happy to have this opportunity to dispute a world championship bout. We know it’s a huge challenge, but Steven is certainly ready for this mission. We got serious discussions with the team of the WBO champion of the world, the Mexican Demetrius Andrade, but we finally pick the WBA champion of the world. Steven agreed with our decision.”

Butler said: “Camille is right, I am extremely satisfied to have this chance to fight for a world title. All my career I was dreaming to get a chance to become world champion. I saw Murata in action. He is very talented, but his style is fitting with my style. My team prepared the perfect strategy to win it. I am so impatient to be in the ring. I am positive that my fans will appreciate my performance December 23rd. No doubt that I have the speed, the technique, the power, the motivation and the strategy to become new WBA middleweight champion of the world.”

Murata revealed to Japanese boxing writers his ambitions in boxing. “I want to take care of Butler, and after, challenge the biggest names in boxing, like Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin,” said Murata. “Obviously, now, I got to be perfectly concentrated on my next opponent. I know that Steven Butler is coming in Japan with the serious intention to surprise me, but he won’t surprise me. I am always perfectly prepared for significant bouts. I worked very hard to become WBA middleweight champion of the world, and I will do everything necessary to stay world champion.”


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