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Joel Diaz Jr., Steven Butler, Theroux, Dalkhaev Win in Montreal

By David Pr. Greisman

Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada - Junior featherweight Vislan Dalkhaev won a four-round unanimous decision over Alan Salazar. The scorecards were 40-36 from all three judges. Dalkhaev, 27, of Montreal, is now 5-0 with 1 KO. Salazar is now 5-2 with 2 KOs.

Joel Diaz Jr., now fighting as a junior welterweight, made quick work of Abraham Gomez, winning by second-round technical knockout. The end came halfway through the round, when Gomez went down following a right hand that landed on the ear. He beat the count, but the referee waved the fight off at the 1:45 mark. Diaz, 23, of Palmdale, California, is now 21-0 with 17 KOs. Gomez, of Guadalajara, Mexico, is now either 13-21-3 with 5 KOs if you go by the official bout sheet or 22-12-1 if you go by what BoxRec had listed.

Junior welterweight David Theroux stopped Juan Armando Garcia in the third round with a punishing body attack. Theroux dropped Garcia with a series of body blows, then continued the assault until the referee stepped in at the 2:46 mark. Theroux, 22, of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, is now 9-1 with 6 KOs. Garcia, a 27-year-old who hails from Mexico, is now 13-3-2 (6 KOs) if go by BoxRec and 12-3-2 (5 KOs) if you go by the official bout sheet.


Heavyweight prospect Cassius Chaney defeated Zoltan Casala by third-round technical knockout. Chaney, who stands 6-foot-6, battered Csala, who at times resembled a heavy bag with tattoos until the end came at the 2:52 mark. Chaney, 28, of New London, Connecticut, is now 6-0 with 4 KOs. Csala, 38, of Hungary, is now 9-5 with 7 KOs.

Junior middleweight prospect Steven Butler scored a unanimous decision over Antonio Hoffman in a fight that went eight rounds after looking like it wasn’t going to make it the distance.

Butler knocked Hoffman down in the opening round and continued to batter him for the remainder of the first. Hoffman steadied himself and gave Butler some good resistance, only for Butler to show his class, build a lead and then score another knockdown shortly before the final round ended. He ran across the ring to try to finish the fight but couldn’t make it to Hoffman before the bell rang.

The scores were 79-71 from one judge and 78-72 from the other two.

Butler, 20, of Monteal, Canada, is now 14-0-1 with 11 KOs. Hoffman, a 21-year-old originally from Angola but now listed as fighting out of Germany, is now 13-0-1 with 9 KOs.

In the first bout of the night, junior middleweight Virgilijus Stapulionis scored a second-round technical knockout over Laszlo Fazekas. Stapulionis, 29, of Lithuania, is now 26-3-1 with 20 KOs if you go by BoxRec and 17-3-1 with 13 KOs if you go by the official bout sheet handed out. Fazekas, 26, of Hungary, is now 28-24-1 if you go by BoxRec or 27-24-1 if you go by the official bout sheet.

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