Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Butler Wins By KO In 38 Seconds
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL — The Montrealer middleweight Steven Butler
promised to his fans to beat the Mexican Paul Valenzuela Jr.
by KO or TKO. Thursday evening in the ring of the ring of
the Montreal Casino Cabaret, he kept his promise. Butler
(28-1-1) beat Valenzuela (24-9–0) by KO in the first round,
with a superb power shot to the head. Butler won the bout
with only 38 seconds of action.
“I said I would beat Valenzuela by KO or TKO, and I was
right,” said Butler after the fight. “To be honest, I was
expecting a longer fight. It’s why I predicted my win before
the 10th and last round. With this significant win, I really
hope to face a fighter ranked in the world. I will discuss
it with my promoter, Camille Estephan.”
For Valenzuela, it was his worst defeat in pro boxing.
Just before the main event, the Montrealer Russian Batyr
Jukembayev won the most significant bout of his pro boxing
career. He won the WBA Americas Continental championship and
the IBF Inter-Continental championship of the super
lightweight (140 pounds) division. Undefeated, Juukembayev
(17-0-0) beat the Mexican Miguel Vazquez (41-8-0) by
unanimous decision in 10 rounds. The judges scored the fight
100-90, 99-91 and 99-91 for the Montrealer.
Aggressive, Jukembayev dominated clearly the first two
The third, fourth and fifth rounds were close.
From the beginning of the sixth round to the end of the
fight, Jukembayev was the aggressor and he controlled
clearly the action.
The super middleweight (168 pounds) Raphael Courchesne
attacked energetically in each round, and he beat the
Mexican Javier Mercado (26-15-2) by unanimous decision in
six rounds. But Mercado gave a solid opposition in most of
the rounds. Courchesne maintained his perfect pro record
(8-0-0). The three judges scored the fight 60-54 for
The Montrealer lightweight (135 pounds) Avery Martin-Duval
stayed undefeated in pro boxing (3-0-0), with a victory by
unanimous decision in four rounds against the Mexican Alexis
Ahmed Ocampo (2-2-0).
Martin-Duval floored his rival in the first round with a
solid right hand on the chin. The three judges got identical
cards of 39-36 for Martin-Duval. Martin-Duval has Howard and
Otis Grant as trainers.
The Montrealer Russian Atman Kazankapov, a middleweight (160
pounds), scored his first win in pro boxing (1-0-1) in
beating the Mexican Jesus Arriaga (2-2-0) by unanimous
decision in four rounds.
Kazankapov was the aggressor in three of the four rounds of
the bout, and he connected a lot of more punches than his
opponent. The three judges scored the fight 40-36 for the
In the opening bout of the evening, the French light
heavyweight (175 pounds) Simon Pierre Adde improved his pro
record to 6-1-0 with a win by TKO over the Mexican Juan
Santiago Colchado (6-6-1).
In the first round, Adde attacked intensively, but Colchado
resisted to the charges courageously.
However, Adde provoked two knockdowns in the second round,
the first one with a left hook on the chin, the second one
with a right hand on the jaw.
Adde, who got a longer reach than his opponent, maintained
his intense attacks in this second round, and the referee
intervened to declare Colchado TKO.
In the only female bout of the evening, the Montrealer
flyweight (106 pounds) Kim Clavel stayed undefeated in 10
bouts (10-0-0) with a win by unanimous decision in eight
rounds over the German Xenia Jorneac (10-5-0).