Butler vs Volny Predictions: Canada’s uncivil war favours Butler

 | Thursday 6th June 2024, 8:34am

Thursday 6th June 2024, 8:34am

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Steven Butler takes on Patrice Volny this Thursday, June 6 at Casino de Montreal in Quebec. The WBC Francophone middleweight championship will be on the line. As of now there is no UK broadcaster for the card.

Here are my Butler vs Volny predictions ahead of this midweek middleweight showdown.

Butler vs Volny Tips

  • Butler by knockout @ 11/8
  • Fight to go the distance - No @ 4/5

Butler vs Volny Odds

Butler continues on the comeback trail here, looking for a third successive win. In May of last year, the Canadian was massacred in two rounds by WBO middleweight champion Janibek Alimkhanuly. It was a one-sided destruction that definitively answered the question of whether Butler has what it takes at world level.

‘Bang Bang’ is still only 28 but, with four losses on his ledger and a recent rout in a world title bout, you feel like he has found his level. The regional WBC strap on the line here, which he previously held in 2018, could help Butler move back into the rankings. But there is little to suggest he could trouble world champion Carlos Adames, for example. 

Still, there is a lot to be said for how Butler has bounced back from that damaging Alimkhanuly loss. ‘Bang Bang’ knocked out journeyman Ivan Alvarez in nine rounds last November in an effort to get his sea legs back under him. Then in his last outing, he blasted former contender Steve Rolls out in one round. Considering the American had taken Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams and Edgar Berlanga the full 10 round distance before, it was an impressive feat.

Now he takes on the man Boxrec ranks just behind him in the Canadian middleweight ratings. Butler is number one while Patrice Volny is number two. The 34-year-old has never lost on home turf, with his only defeat coming in the States. 

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Volny’s sole loss came in 2021, against Esquiva Falcao. Considering the fact the Brazilian went 12 rounds with Vincenzo Gualtieri for the vacant IBF middleweight title in his last fight, that isn’t too bad a defeat.

Volny’s resume lacks a standout win that jumps off the page. But he has been plugging away quite nicely. A 10th-round knockout of Deandre Ward last time out was a good result. So too a 2019 unanimous decision nod over Uriel Gonzalez that netted Volny a brace of ranking belts. Butler would be the best scalp on his record though, should he pull this off. 

This one should be exciting. Both men are nimble movers but they like to plant their feet and throw. Each man probably takes more punches than they should. Butler does so due to his tendency to drop his hands, while Volny eats shots because he’ll often abandon defence in order to land.

Butler has the edge on speed but there isn’t much in it. Speed only gets you so far in a firefight and I think both men will have to walk through the flames here. Both men can bang, though I’d give Butler the nod here too. He has 28 knockouts from 34 wins to Volny’s 12 from 18. 

I can see this one heating up quickly. Neither fighter involved preaches patience. They will also each be acutely aware of what’s at stake. Butler needs this if he is ever to return to world level. For Volny, this might be the last time he faces an opponent of this quality if he loses. 

I’m going for Butler to take the W in a Canadian uncivil war. He’ll take a lot of punches to do it but when the leather is flying, I think he has an advantage. My pick is Butler by knockout at 11/8. Prepare for fireworks in this maple leaf match-up.

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