Heavyweight Raphael Butler (35-8 with 28 kayos) of Rochester Minnesota’s 4th Street Gym will return to the prizefighting ring on September 4th in Toronto, Ontario. Boxing fans haven’t seen Butler fight since the bizarre end of his disastrous fight with Joey Abell last December, and Butler told me today that he had considered quitting the boxing game in the interim, but just couldn’t stay out of the gym.
Butler’s opponent will be 33-year old prospect Neven Pajkic of Sarajevo, who has only fought thirteen times in his five year career, accumulating a flawless record of 13-0 with 5 kayos. Foremost among Pajkic’s victims is Jason Gavern, whom he defeated in January. Since then Pajkic gave Grzgorz Kielsa (now 11-2) the first two losses of his career.