PAUL WILLIAMS Take 2 - From the desk of Brian J.
December 12, 2006
Berry Butler from Greenville,
SC, fights Sam Reese on Thursday, December 14th in
Hallandale Beach, Florida.
Butler has a deceiving record of 21-12 with 18 knockouts,
while veteran spoiler Reese has a record of 22-15-4 with 8
The fight, which takes place at the Gulfstream Park Racing
and Casino, is part of the first round of the IBA Light
Also on the card is Danny Santiago taking on Marlon Hayes,
this fight is part of the first round as well.
The tournament is considered a stepping stone, with the
winner to get a crack at one of the major world titles.
With a winning streak spanning 9 fights, Berry "Killa Bee"
Butler has been on quite a tear. In his last 4 fights he has
beaten respectable fighters with a combined record of 62-8-4
and has done so in their respective hometowns.
Butler fights with a wealth of experience gained in fighting
world class opposition and many years of sparring with the
best European World Champions. Fighters such as Sven Ottke,
Arthur Abraham, Markus Beyer, and Thomas Ulrich, to name a
A testimony to his talent and skill is the fact that none of
these so called World Champions would ever risk their titles
It has been a long journey for Berry Butler to get where he
is today, on the verge of cracking the Top Ten and securing
that elusive title shot. He knows that a misstep here could
be a major set-back.
But then again this is a man that has come back from
adversity many times before, proof being that he once
sported a record of 11-12.
Fearless and determined are two good words to describe Berry
Butler, he has persevered in boxing since his debut in 1992
and has done so on his terms.
We should expect nothing but his best in this fight and
while Sam Reese is no pushover, look for Butler to win in
spectacular fashion as he continues on his quest for respect
and financial security.
After all, this is prizefighting.