It was poignant to read, Saturday morning, the cry of love of Seyla Peralta-Garcia, the young wife of Steven Butler. She told him about her two little boys, about her, who remains proud of what he tries to achieve in her life, of the courage that the effort of getting up after such a cruel defeat takes.
And the bravery that comes with just stepping into a ring.
Steven Butler is lucky in his loss. Come what may, he has one life to live. Sixty more years to garnish the wallets of his family with beautiful things.
François Pratte of Eye of The Tiger Management, an executive at the company, was unable to take the shock. He complained about the meanness and cruelty of the comments on social media.
Boxing is cruel, because these scornful, often vile and almost hateful comments come from fans who buy the tickets and pay TV subscriptions. The ideal for a leader is therefore to cash in and keep his moods to himself.
Although, sometimes there is a limit to overflowing sewers.
A CRUEL SPORT
In the corner, after the knockout, still drowned in the fog, Butler had this cry of the heart: “I am finished”. It was a cry from the guts. The cry of a 25 year old man who sees his dreams and plans collapse.
Later, Butler left a more weighted post on Facebook. But people who have lived through storms know very well that the depths of the soul will carry the cry of the unconscious for a long time to come: “I am finished”. As happened to Lucian Bute after Carl Froch.
Boxing is cruel and a knockout loss has nothing to do with the shutout suffered by the Canadian. It is not the life of Jonathan Drouin that is in question. He will not lose a penny. Steven Butler has just seen the finalist and big fight scholarships fly away for two years.
It’s him, his wife and his family who will take the slap. Not to mention the blues that come with the fall.
Even if his promoter will not let him down and will work to rebuild his confidence by offering him eight rounds, as was the case for David Lemieux after his loss against Joachim Alcine.
FIRST OF ALL, THE SIGHT EXAMINATION!
But nothing is going to happen without Butler and Estephan having in hand the results of the most precise and sharp sight tests that we can afford on the planet. Camille Estephan is categorical: “You have to know if Steven’s vision is perfect. To know if he is able to see with his left eye, operated in June, after the long right that reached him, against Murata and against Macias. The left hook has ended the damage done by the right in Mexico. Otherwise, he will not be able to continue, that’s obvious, ”says Estephan.
What is very disturbing is that in the video uploaded to Facebook, Steven Butler insists that he never saw the blow coming: “It’s like being punched with both eyes closed”, he says in this video.
A FRACTURED HAND?
In the storm of defeat, the Butler clan has not yet had time to analyze all that has gone wrong in Mexico City. There is this undoubtedly fractured right hand which completely changed the pace of the fight.
The state of Steven Butler’s right hand after his fight against Jose de Jesus Macias on Friday night in Mexico.
Butler is no master of dodging. Fortunately, he has a strike force that took him to Tokyo in a world championship fight.
Deprived of this strike force at the end of the first round, it is a well-deprived boxer who offered himself to a seasoned veteran like Jose de Jesus Macias. The Mexican isn’t a great boxer, especially since he’s a natural 154-pounder. But any good professional who has the gaping opening for a hook is capable of knocking out an opponent.
That said, everything was so wrong in the Mexican adventure that we cannot even assess the work done with Mike Moffa.
One thing is certain, Estephan, Moffa and Butler (and I would add Rénald Boisvert) need time. We will have to assess the state of his vision, heal his right hand and resume the hard way of the opening fights, as after his loss against Brandon Cook.
And we will also have to recover from these three knockouts. Cook, Murata and Macias have left their mark. You have to check everything and make the right decision. A young woman and two beautiful children are waiting for Steven Butler.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7116