Cook’s vic­tory sparks melee

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - SPORTS -

Brandon Cook scored a stun­ning vic­tory over Steven But­ler when he sent the promis­ing light mid­dleweight to the can­vas at the end of the sev­enth round, spark­ing a melee at Mon­treal’s Bell Cen­tre on Satur­day night. Cook (18-0), of Ajax, Ont., re­tained his WBA North Amer­i­can ti­tle and took the IBF con­ti­nen­tal belt from But­ler (18-1-1). But­ler, angry the fight was stopped, shoved Cook as fans threw ob­jects into the ring. Cook was knocked down when he was struck in the face by an ice bucket. “What hap­pened af­ter was ridicu­lous,” the 30-year-old Cook said. Four peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tal. Two men in their 20s were ar­rested.

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