Canadian Corner: Butler dominates, Stevenson prepares for Williams
Shawn Smith rounds up the latest news from the growing Canadian boxing scene, as Steven Butler continues to impress, and news on the ring return of Adonis Stevenson.
While Montreal’s brightest stars haven’t competed over the past few months, the scene in Montreal continues to grow and develop new emerging talent.
Amongst the most talented is Steven Butler, who improved his professional record to (17-0-1, 14 KOs) with a third round knockout of Robson Assis (16-3, 9 KOs) on 7 July. Butler is the most highly-touted Canadian prospect today and could be angling for a super-welterweight title shot sooner than later.
After a draw in June of 2015 against Jaime Herrera and a less than impressive performance against Antonio Hoffmann in January of 2016, Butler bounced back with three impressive victories over Sladjan Janjanin, Ferdinand Pilz and Assis to re-establish himself as a face to watch.
Canadian superstar Adonis Stevenson will return to the ring on 29 July at the Videotron Centre in Quebec, where he will face Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs). It’ll be Stevenson’s first bout since his victory over Tommy Karpency in Toronto last September.
In the co-main event, Montreal’s Eleider Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) continues to angle for a shot at Stevenson’s WBC light-heavyweight title as he takes on former world champion Chad Dawson. Alvarez defeated recent title challenger Isaac Chilemba to earn his world title shot, which he’s expected to cash in on after his fight with Dawson.
Other names of note on the card include recent Kell Brook opponent Jo Jo Dan, former Canadian national team member Custio Clayton, highly-touted Yves Ulysse Jr. and heavyweight contender Oscar Rivas.
In Ontario, Lee Baxter Promotions will host his first “The Next Generation” on 28 July. The event’s purpose is to present fighters who aren’t yet stars an opportunity to fight in front of their home audience. Steven Wilcox (13-1-1, 5 KOs) is the most recognisable of the names, along with England’s Alex Dilmaghani (10-1, 2 KOs) and Tim Cronin (7-1-1, 2 KOs).
In a rare treat, the Commonwealth heavyweight title is expected to be up for grabs in Toronto on 9 September as Scotland’s Gary Cornish takes on Canadian Dillon Carman.