Steven Butler had promised he would represent his province “the right way” at the Eye of the Tiger gala.
Management (EOTTM) featured the day before Quebec's National Day, and that's exactly what he did.
Butler (30-3-1, 25 KOs) shone in front of his loyal fans, Thursday at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal, defeating New Brunswicker Brandon Brewer (25-2-2, 11 KOs) by unanimous decision.
He thus got his hands on the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) middleweight belt.
“I showed elite boxer form,” the winner noted after the fight. I demonstrated zero fatigue during the fight. I think I demonstrated the experience I gained during my career.”
The third round was in its infancy when “Olé, Olé, Olé” began to be heard , symbol of the Montrealers' domination.
“Bang Bang” looked like a man on a mission, three months after his last victory, against Hector Manuel Zepeda. Retaining his aggressive and explosive style, Butler often hit his tough opponent in the face and experienced no downturn.
Brewer, who never lost by knockout, however, demonstrated his inexhaustible ability to roll with punches, occasionally hitting back with tired hooks. The Fredericton native tried to disconcert Butler by hiding his pain and taunting him a few times, but he was never in on it.
“I think the referee could have protected him and stopped the fight, chained Butler. From the sixth [round], I saw his eyes darting. He is “tough” and he has heart, but he will have a headache tomorrow.”
This victory – and the NABF belt – should open the doors to the top 15 in the world for the Quebecer, according to his estimates. In addition, Eye of the Tiger Management has announced that its next galas will take place on September 9 and 16 and will notably feature Christian Mbilli and Arslanbek Makhmudov.
Bazinyan wins without dominating
Montrealer Erik Bazinyan has already been more convincing, but he still emerged victorious from his duel against Marcelo Esteban Coceres by unanimous decision.
Bazinyan (28-0, 21 KOs) successfully defended his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super middleweight title for a third time, in addition to claiming the vacant North American Boxing Association (NABA) belt.
“I needed a fight like that before I fight with a world champion, he rejoiced. He gave me good shots and was very aggressive. I am very happy with this experience.”
Beating Coceres (30-4-1, 16 KOs) was the biggest challenge of the Armenia native's career. In recent years, the Argentinian has offered worthy opposition to big names like Billy Joe Saunders and Edgar Berlanga
. Although he has rarely been threatened by Coceres, Bazinyan has not not dictated the pace of boxing.
“I'm not very happy with my performance, he admitted. But I am very happy with the adversity [that I encountered].”
Coceres also sprung at the end of the seventh round by reaching the colt of Quebec coach Marc Ramsay in the face two time. Visibly shaken, Bazinyan pulled himself together to weaken his rival's guard at the end of the duel and end the fight in style.
“It was a good 'show' for the fans on the day of the match. Quebec National Day. I hope people liked my style and my fight.”