Russian welterweight Radzhab Butaev improved to 3-0 (3 KOs) last night with a fourth-round knockout over Jonathan Batista at the Grady Cole Center, in Charlotte, NC. Butaev began pumping a stiff jab early on outboxing Batista, whose roughhouse tactics cost him two points for low blows. In round two, Butaev landed a thudding left hook to the ribs from which his foe never really recovered. A left hook-straight right combination in the fourth felled Batista for a full count, ending matters at the 2:01mark.
Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. and now living in Brooklyn, NY, the 22-year-old Butaev was a highly accomplished amateur, having compiled an incredible 304-12 record, with 164 knockouts. He participated in the World Series of Boxing as well, finishing at 9-1. Butaev will return to the ring on the next DiBella Entertainment Broadway Boxing card, on Saturday, November 19, at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT.
“I’m happy to get the victory against Batista and am thankful for the opportunity to fight again in November,” said Butaev. “I want to stay active, keep winning and secure a place in the world rankings. I am just starting my professional career, but I am coming for all of the championship belts. I demand that the world know my name, and no opponent, no matter how great the challenge, will keep me from achieving my dreams.”
Tickets for the November 19 Broadway Boxing event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Teiken Promotions and presented by Cedars Mediterranean Foods, Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House, are priced at $125, $75 and $45. Tickets can be purchased online at Foxwoods.com, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-200-2882, or visiting the Foxwoods box office. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the first fight scheduled for 7:00pm.