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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 rounds.

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 Courchesne.

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 Montrealer.

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).


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