Sultan loses to Butler in Liverpool

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JONAS Sultan once again failed in his bid for a world title after a unanimous decision defeat to Paul Butler in their interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight contest on April 23 (PH time) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

Judge Howard Foster scored it 116-112, judge Fernando Laguna saw it 117-111 and Oliver Palomo gave it 118-110 all in favor of Butler, the hometown fighter.

The 33-year-old Butler piled up some points by winning most of the rounds in the first half of the fight. Sultan finally found his range in the eighth and landed a right on Butler. He also got the better of Butler in the ninth round.

Sensing that he was down on the scorecards coming into the 11th round, Sultan was going for the knockout. But Butler was very successful with his attack.

Sultan did his best in the final round but Butler was very elusive and walked away with a decision win.

Sultan dropped to 18-6 with 11 knockouts, while Butler improved to 34-2 with 15 knockouts.

Sultan came in as a last-minute replacement after WBO bantamweight king Johnriel Casimero was barred by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC). Casimero was disqualified to fight Butler after he broke BBBofC’s strict rule about using a sauna to trim down in weight.

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