Connor Butt delivers in Golden Gloves debut – Lowell Sun
In the end, there was simply no ifs, ands or Butts about it.
Swampscott boxer Connor Butt earned the unanimous decision over Mulbah Aarwulo at the 75th annual New England Golden Gloves, Jan. 13 at the Lowell Auditorium.
Presented by Lowell Sun Charities, the nine-week boxing extravaganza kicked off with a fast and furious start, with 11 novice division bouts unfolding in the Top-Central preliminaries.
“It feels amazing,” said Butt, 19. “First fight, first win. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
A Swampscott native and student at UMass-Lowell, Butt made quite a first impression in the fourth fight of the card.
Representing McNally’s Boxing Gym, the 5-foot-7, 139-pound righty started strong. Aarwulo came out firing early in the first, but Butt hung tough putting his opponent on the ropes with a sharp combination. His best punch of the night however came from a devastating right cross that sent Aarwulo‘s mouthguard flying out of the ring.
“That felt good,” Butt said. “I totally forgot about that one.”
Butt continued to keep his opponent on the defensive for the next two rounds, ultimately leading to the unanimous decision.
“The turning point, probably came in the third round when I was feeling him out,” Butt said. “I got him really tired and started using the jab like both my coaches told me. It worked.”
Competing in the New England Golden Gloves was a dream come true for the local pugilist.
“It means the world, just to have my friends and family be here, watch me win, especially after all the hard work I put in,” Butt said. “There’s nothing better.”
According to his coaches, Butt is the product of a tireless work ethic.
“Nobody trains harder than this kid,” said coach Brian Theurer. “That made the difference.”
The young fighter is currently building his boxing resume which could ultimately lead him to even bigger things on the horizon.
“Connor recently had a private workout with the head coach at West Point,” Coach Jim McNally said. “They want him for the boxing team.”
Judging by his debut, there’s little question as to why.
In earlier action, Alyssa Kinahan-Dundas of Boston Boxing went the distance with Danielle Millian of STC Boxing, earning the decision, in the lone female bout of the night.
Zordan Holman delivered the first TKO of the night in the 203-poind bracket. He stopped Tom Curtis Rolfe of Boxing 48 seconds into the first round, giving up a lot of size and weight.
Golden Gloves veteran Thomas Shen of Broadway Boxing Club (125) stunned Christian Schurko of Somerville Boxing Club in a split decision. A speedy southpaw, Shen proved problematic for Schurko in the opening round, rebounding of the ropes several times. Although he managed to counter nicely with an evenly matched second round, Chen continued to be the aggressor. He scored heavily in the third and final round to clinch the victory.
In other action, Wangfai Chan (139) out jabbed Josue Maisonet. Marco Aguino (156) stymied Shea Wilcox. Matt Rideout (156) ruled over William Danby, and Kyle Adamson (176) ousted Eamon Callaghan. All four bouts by unanimous decision.
In the three heavyweight divisions, Mark Costello of Desario Training earned a unanimous win over Ravi Garlanka of UFC Boston. John Richard beat Harold Roy in a bout that was stopped in the first round due to injury And in the nightcap, free-swinger Gilbert Kabamba of Broadway Boxing Club edged out Muna Anosike of Boston Boxing in a down-to-the-wire battle.
The Golden Gloves returns for week 2, Jan. 20.