After the confirmation of his surprise loss to Jose de Jesus Macias on Saturday night, Steven Butler dropped a sentence heavy with meaning to his friend Mathieu Germain. “I’m done!” He told his longtime gym mate.
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Germain, who was taking off his gloves, told him not to speak out of emotion. However, this scene was captured by the Punching Grace cameraman who was a few feet from the scene.
Butler was still shaken by the knockout he had just suffered. Macias placed two power shots well, one left and one right, to end the fight in spectacular fashion.
The 25-year-old Quebecer lost to an opponent he had to beat. He had a golden chance to prove his loss to Ryota Murata was well behind him and he didn’t grab it. It is a defeat that hurts at all levels.
With a victory and three minor belts, he would have put himself back in an enviable position for a major duel in the coming months. But that won’t happen. Instead, he must return to the drawing board again. A brutal finding in a sport that is just as much.
Make way for solutions
On his return to Quebec, he will have a mandatory quarantine to respect due to his trip abroad. It will be an excellent opportunity for him to think deeply about the rest of his career.
What recipe should he use to regain the path of victory and, at the same time, his confidence? He must first identify the aspects that are problematic.
In this duel against Macias, we noticed a little panic at his place after the third round. He told his coaches that he injured his right hand. From that point on, Butler was disturbed by this injury and he lost his focus on his game plan somewhat. Against a tough opponent like Macias, it can get expensive.
The solution lies within him. If he wants to get another chance in a big fight, the road could be long and winding. In this type of situation, talent is no longer enough. It takes a special set of ingredients, including determination and character, to get out of a rough patch.
Butler has returned to his third trainer in a few years. A change of coach is therefore not an attractive option. Rénald Boisvert and Jean-François Bergeron failed to bring the young slugger safely.
Will Moffa know how to do it? It is still too early to tell. Moffa said the right words after the Macias fight. He made sure to protect his boxer despite the disappointment.
However, he still has a lot of work to do to polish his athlete’s defense. Butler showed some nice dodging on Friday, but it all fell apart after his opponent’s first power kick in the fifth round.
Steven Butler is still young, but he is already at a crossroads in his career. He needs to make some big changes in his style and attitude for the future. Otherwise, we could very well see defeats like those of Friday in Mexico.