On February 23, the Colisée Desjardins in Victoriaville will pulsate to the beat of the Quebec-Ontario rivalry as Montrealer Steven Butler and Torontonian Steve Rolls face off in the finals of Eye of the Tiger's first event in the region.
Presented in association with the Tigres de Victoriaville and DiBella Entertainment, the evening will be broadcast simultaneously on the ESPN+ network and PunchingGrace.com.
"We are very excited to establish ourselves in Victoriaville through this partnership with the Tigres, and we've made sure to make a mark at the Colisée Desjardins with a premiere event worthy of the major leagues! Local-flavored duels often garner great enthusiasm, but in this case, with Steven Butler and Steve Rolls, two Canadian boxers of international caliber, we are certain to deliver quite a show," notes EOTTM president Camille Estephan.
After making changes to his training regimen, Butler (33-4-1, 27 KOs) returned to victory in his fight against Ivan Alvarez, stopping him in the ninth round on November 14th. With the help of his new trainer John Scully, nicknamed "Bang Bang" and currently ranked 1st in the 160 lb category in Canada, Butler aims to continue his progress and reclaim the top spot in the middleweight division, starting with the #2 Canadian, Rolls.
"I have to be the best version of Bang Bang to emerge victorious in this fight against Rolls, I'm aware of that, and I'll be ready. The changes in my team have already shown results, and in this fight, we'll witness even more progress in my evolution," says Butler.
Toronto's Rolls (22-3, 12 KOs) has a solid track record since his professional debut, having faced some of the biggest names in the division such as Gennady Golovkin and Edgar Berlanga.
Last September, he lost by unanimous decision in his bout against the powerful southpaw Austin Williams, losing grip of the IBF North American title. Also at a turning point in his career, Rolls will undoubtedly give his all against Butler to demonstrate that he still belongs in the division. Boxing enthusiasts can thus expect an intense match between the two fighters, for whom losing is not an option.