By Francisco Salazar
Middleweight contender Steven Butler knocked out Jesus Antonio Gutierrez in round two Saturday night at the Le Centre Financiere Sun Life in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada.
Butler hurt Gutierrez with a combination at the end of the opening round. Sensing he was still hurt, Butler went on the attack at the start of the second round, dropping Gutierrez to the canvas. Gutierrez was not able to beat the count as referee Alain Villeneuve counted Gutierrez out at 21 seconds.
With the win, Butler (26-1-1, 23 knockouts) has now won his last eight fights, all by knockout. He is currently ranked number five by the WBO.
The 23-year-old Butler, who resides in Montreal, is one of the top fighters under the Eye of the Tiger Management group.
Gutierrez, who resides in Tijuana, Mexico, drops to 25-3-2, 12 KOs.
Featherweight Andranik Grigoryan, who is originally from Armenia and now resides in Montreal, defeated Mexico’s Javier Franco (34-20-5, 16 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 80-72, and 79-73 for Grigoryan, who improves to 9-0, 1 KO.
Hard-hitting junior middleweight Artem Oganesyan (8-0, 7 KOs) stopped Juan Manuel Mares (20-16, 17 KOs) of Mexico at 28 seconds of the sixth round.
Heavyweight Arslanbek Makhmudov, who is originally from Russia and now resides in Montreal, knocked out Andrew Satterfield (4-1, 2 KOs) at 35 seconds of the opening round.
Super middleweight Nurzat Sabirov (8-0, 7 KOs) of Kazakhstan stopped Rocky Montoya (32-3, 22 KOs) of Mexico in the second round.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for BoxingScene since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing