Straight from the heart of Cabaret du Casino de Montréal, Steve Claggett from Alberta nailed his 37th win, unanimously outclassing his rival and holding tight to his NABF title, while also bagging the WBO International title in the super lightweight division. Montreal’s own Steven Butler made a solid comeback, ending his fight in the 10th round with a decisive victory.
Steve Claggett (37-7-2, 25 KOs), living up to his word, faced down Miguel Madueno (30-2, 28 KOs) with a strong performance over 10 rounds, leading to a clear unanimous decision. “The Dragon,” as he’s known, is climbing the ranks, now juggling two championship titles.
Claggett, feeling the pressure but hungry for more, said, “I knew he’d be a tough challenge. I’ve got more in me, though; you haven’t seen my best yet.” This win was a dual triumph, defending his NABF title and snatching the WBO International title too.
Steven Butler (33-4-1, 27 KOs) bounced back after his world championship setback last May, stopping Ivan Alvarez (32-15-4, 21 KOs) in the 10th. Butler’s road to victory wasn’t smooth, with referee Yvon Goulet stepping in to keep things in check.
Butler, reflecting on his emotions in the ring, said, “I got carried away a few times, not my proudest moments. But my coach, John Scully, helped keep my head in the game. We’re a good team.”
The event also featured four undercard fights, with EOTTM fighters taking home wins. Imam Khataev (5-0, 5 KOs), an Olympic bronze medalist, ended his match against Fernando Galvan (8-9-1, 2 KOs) in just the 2nd round.
Mehmet Unal (7-0, 6 KOs), hailing from Montreal with Turkish roots, clinched another win due to his opponent giving up, this time in round two against Jaime Hernandez Lopez (10-11, 4 KOs).
In his first 6-round fight, Quebec’s Wilkens Mathieu (5-0, 3 KOs) pushed to the limit but came out on top with a unanimous decision over Poland’s Grzegorz Mardyla (1-1-1).
Kicking off the night, French fighter Moreno Fendero (2-0, 1 KO) marked his first knockout, overpowering Cristian Lopez Lozano (2-3) in the second round, controlling the pace from start to finish.