Radzhab Butaev Stops Jamal James To Win WBA ‘Regular’ Title
Radzhab Butaev has stopped Jamal James in the ninth round to become the new WBA world welterweight champion.
The fight was the main event bout for Showtime’s tripleheader from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s Michelob ULTRA Arena.
Butaev, 27, showed a strong chin throughout the contest, absorbing James’ best punches without breaking a sweat.
He kept coming at James until the ninth round when the referee thought he has seen enough blood and battering of James. A barrage of body shots wore down James in the ninth round and the fight was halted at 2:12 of round nine.
Speaking to Showtime’s Jim Gray, the newly-crowned champion said this victory is a big first step in his career.
“It’s always been my dream to become a world champion. I took the first step today and I’m very happy,” he said.
Butaev has been unbeaten in all 15 bouts in his pro career so far. The 27-year-old feels that the match official stopped the fight at the right moment.
“I felt it could have ended a lot worse,” Butaev continued. “I thought it was stopped at the right time.”
As for James, this was his career’s second loss and first by knockout in his decade-long career.
He was last beaten by WBA’s “super” welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs) via unanimous decision in August 2016.