By Robert Addams: The WBO has ordered World Organization middleweight champion (28-0, 17 KOs) to defend against #1 mandatory challenger Steven Butler

Steven Butler previously knocked out by Brandon Cook

Butler, 24, is a Canadian 160-lb fighter with very little experience against world level opposition. He stepped it up once during his 5-year pro career was knocked out in the 3rd round by Brandon Cook (20-2, 17 KOs) in January 2017.

Jaime Munguia destroyed in a third round knockout in September 2018. Cook was completely over-matched against Munguia.

Butler never avenged his loss to Cook. Ideally, that would have been the thing for Butler to do, because it looks bad that he never avenged the loss. The opposition that Butler has faced since his defeat to Cook is nothing special.

Andrade taking step down in class against Butler

This is arguably a big step down in class for the 31-year-old Andrade from his last fight against Maciej Sulecki last June. Andrade out-boxed Sulecki in winning a 12 round unanimous decision by a wide score on in Providence, Rhode Island.

That was a fight in which Andrade appeared close to scoring a quick knockout in the first two rounds, but then he backed off and boxed Sulecki the rest of the way.

Butler has 10 fight winning streak

Canadian Butler is coming into the fight with Andrade with a 10-fight winning streak against mostly marginal opposition. In his seven fights, Butler has beaten these fighters:

  • Vitalii Kopylenko
  • Paul Valenzuela Jr
  • Jesus Antonio Gutierrez
  • Jordan Balmir
  • Carson Jones
  • Jaime Herrera
  • Uriel Gonzalez

Andrade wants GGG, Canelo and Saunders

of Matchroom is hoping he can set up a fight between him and Gennady Golovkin in 2020, if GGG wins the middleweight title this Saturday night.

Golovkin (39-1-1 35 KOs) is facing Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant title at in . Golovkin has expressed interest in fighting a unification match if he wins the IBF belt.

  • Canelo.


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