Middleweight champion Steven Butler (Canada)

In a fight for the vacant WBC International middleweight title, Steven Butler (27-1-1, 23 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Vitalii Kopylenko (28-2, 16 KOs).   Kopylenko dropped Butler in round eight with a body shot, but Butler prevailed on two cards 96-93, 96-93.    Kopylenko was up 95-94 on the third card.   GBP promoted.


Why the title was vacant:

Mark Hefforn (GB) was stopped in ten rounds by Liam Williams last December 22  in Manchester.   At stake only the British title.   The WBC International title was not at stake.   In compliance with the WBC governing rules, Mark Hefforn was automatically stripped of his WBC International Middleweight title.


Former WBC International champions in this divison

mark hefforn   GB
Karim Achour,   France
Craig Cunningham,   Great Britain
Tom Doran,   Wales
Jorge Sebastián Heiland,   Argentina
Nick Brinson,   USA
Joachim Alcine,   Haiti-Canada
David Lemieux,   Canada
Dmitry Pirog,   Russia
Domenico Spada,   Italy
Mahir Oral,   Germany Turkey
James Obedi Toney,   Ghana
Glenn Catley,   Great Britain
Robert Allen,   USA
Silvio Branco,   Italy
Cristian Sanavia,   Italy
Juan Carlos Gimenez,   Paraguay
Morrade Hakkar,   France
Erlande Betare,   France
Chris Pyatt,   Great Britain
Miguel Angél Arroyo,   Argentina
Andras Galfi,   Hungary
Alì Ennebati,   France
Aslanbeck Kodzoev,   Russia
Jorge Amparo,   Dominican  Republic
Chris Eubank Sr.   Great Britain
Hugo A. Corti,   Argentina
Kid Milo,   Great Britain
Rubén Dario Cabral,   Argentina
Antonio Perugino,   Italy
William Gare,   South Africa
Jerry Elliott,   Nigeria
Sergey Tatevosyan,   Russia