Steve has boxing in his blood. Literally, His grandfather, Marshall Butler (25 (15 KO)-5-0), is a local legend. Having performed on numerous occasions at the former Montreal Forum, he made his mark in history with a surprising victory over John H. Stracey at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Despite Marshall’s successes, Steven’s parents did not push him to step into the ring. With all that surrounded boxing during that era, Steven’s grandmother always advised him to stay far away from the sport, explaining Steven’s father’s lack of excitement when learning that his son had joined the local boxing club a few streets away from home.
At a young age of 12, Steven pays the $40 monthly gym fee out of his own pocket while head trainer, Rénald Boisvert, wasted no time in spotting the same raw talent he had seen 30 years previous in Marshall Butler. Over the first 3 years, Steven sporadically attends the boxing club, winning a fight here and there. It wasn’t until he was15 that he started to give his talent full attention and began taking his training seriously and it quickly paid off.
His amateur record speaks for itself boasting 50 wins, with over 20 by KO and only 5 defeats. Since winning the senior Canadian Nationals, finding willing opponents has become rare. With the initial intention of waiting out 2 more years for the Rio Olympics, Steven decided the time was now. “I am in the peak shape now. I have power, endurance, strength, and I need to apply these in the ring now. Not in 2 years. This is why I turned pro”, says Steven. EOTTM’s newest recruit made his professional debut on March 28th at Casino Lac Leamy, registering a 1st round knockout. In what looks to be a promising career, we are anxious to see him back in action in the squared circle.