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Rivas Forced To Postpone; Eye Surgery For Butler

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - Ranked third contender by the WBC in the heavyweight division, the Montrealer Colombian Oscar Rivas (26-1-0) is forced to postpone his fight with the French Carlos Takam (38-5-1), scheduled for July 14th in Las Vegas. Rivas injured his right elbow in a training session in Montréal few days ago. Apparently, he will be obliged to get a surgery this summer.

It’s a huge deception for him, because he was in a great position to get a world title shot before the end of the year. “I hope that Oscar will be able to face Takam next fall,” said the promoter of the GYM Group, Yvon Michel. “If Rivas gets a surgery in July, he should be able to get back in training in August, to prepare himself for his fight with Takam.”

In other boxing news the promoter of The Eye Of the Tiger Management group in Montréal, Camille Estephan, confirmed that his middleweight Steven Butler will be on the sideline for several months. A few days ago, Butler (28-2-1), a fighter of 24 years old, got a surgery to the left eye in a Montréal Hospital.

“Steven got problems with his vision over the last year, then, he agreed to get a surgery to his left eye,” said Estephan. “He will need to take a long rest before get back in action. But no doubt that this surgery will help him to perform next year.”

Butler, who is ranked 14th contender by the WBA in the 160 pounds division, hopes to reach the Top 10 next year. At his last bout, December 23rd 2019 in Japan, Butler suffered on his second defeat in pro boxing, losing by TKO in the fifth round against the Japanese Ryoto Murata (16-2-0).


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