September 19, 2006



From the desk of Brian J. Kennedy,

Berry Butler wins in Woodlawn, Maryland by Split Decision After the toughest fight of his career, Light Heavyweight contender Corey Cummings dropped to his knees in celebration when the decision was first announced. But when the scorecards at Martin's West were recalculated, it was veteran road warrior Berry Butler who was declared the rightful winner with scores of 96-94 (twice) while the other judge scorered for Cummings 97-93. Thus keeping Butler's winning streak alive at nine in a row, eight by knockout. For a moment the 35 year old Butler, known as "Killa Bee", had to think that he was the victim of yet another hometown decision. Instead he was given the split decision win, possibly the biggest of his career, one that could put him in line for bigger paydays and maybe even a well-deserved title shot. With a modest record of 20-12 going into the fight with Cummings (15-0 12ko's), Berry Butler may have looked on paper like the sacrificial lamb going into the Lion's Den, the boxing insiders knew different.

In Butler's own words and with his left ear still ringing, he described Corey Cummings as ripped with muscles and strong as a bull, much stronger than the scouting reports suggested! The younger man by nine years, Cummings got the better of the early rounds and landed several big shots on Butler, but never had him in any serious danger. After being advised by his corner to stay off the ropes and use more lateral movement, the fight started to swing in favor of "Killa Bee". Behind a strong jab and ring smarts, Butler took control of the fight after round four hurting Cummings on several occasions. In what could have been ruled a knockdown, Cummings' glove appeared to touch the canvas, after a stiff combination by Butler.

But in the end all that mattered was that Berry Butler was declared The East Coast Light Heavyweight Champion and to pull it off in Cummings' back yard makes this one even sweeter. Berry "Killa Bee" Butler is no longer under the radar and he should finally get the big fights that he has worked so very hard for.






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