To launch Québec’s Fête Nationale with a bang, Eye of the Tiger will feature its next event on Thursday, June 23, with an exciting evening of boxing filled with fireworks at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal. Erik Bazinyan (27-0, 21 KOs), Artem Oganesyan (13-0, 11 KOs), and Yves Ulysse Jr. (20-2, 11 KOs) will fill the ring with dynamite performances, while Steven Butler (29-3-1, 25 KOs) will confront the middleweight USNBC champion of the WBC, Brandon Brewer (25-1-2, 11 KOs). To enhance this fight, the winner of this duel will have the chance to win the NABF middleweight title which will then be on the line. This event will be simulcast on Punching Grace as of 7:00 pm.
EOTTM did not choose an adversary of Brewer’s caliber at random.
“Brewer can not only roll with the punches, he is also a pro-active boxer who will certainly provide us with challenging rounds. Our goal is to make sure that Steven can maintain the power and intensity in the final rounds that he displays at the beginning of the fight. We’re facing a highly qualified opponent but I have no doubt that Steven will be up to the task,” asserts Butler’s trainer, Rénald Boisvert.
Butler, fresh from his 29th career win on March 3, where he delivered a third-round KO to Hector Manuel Zepeda, is very much aware of the danger that Brewer represents at this pivotal point in his career.
“I’m more determined then ever to continue my rise to the top. Nothing personal, but I intend to put Brewer in a world of pain. He’s in my way right now, and I intend to continue to move forward,” adds Butler.
Butler and Brewer agree on one thing; they do not plan to prolong hostilities until the decision on June 23: “I've been looking for an opportunity my entire career to fight in front of the Quebec fans. Montreal is the Mecca of Boxing in Canada and I'm really excited to put on a show with Steven Butler June 23rd. This is a life changing opportunity for me. So, I will ensure that the judges do not have anything to do with the outcome of this fight. Someone is getting knocked out. It's that simple. I will not let it go to the judges, whether it's him or me on the canvas. The fans are really going to get their moneys worth the moment I get into that ring. We will steal the show on June 23rd. See you soon Steven, ” said Brewer.
Currently ranked 5th in the WBA world classification, the NABF super middleweight titleholder Erik “BZO” Bazinyan will defend his title for a second time. Artem “Razor” Oganesyan will jump back into the ring following a bitter victory against Stephen Danyo, whom he stopped prematurely, allowing Oganesyan to claim the super-middleweight NABF belt for the first time. Yves Ulysse Jr. bursts back on the Montreal scene; his last fight was held in Shawinigan where he stopped David Théroux in the 5th round while defending his super lightweight NABF belt. He is looking forward to proving his mettle and is thrilled to have the opportunity to fight before his fans.