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Exclusive: Brandon Cook relives shocking ice bucket incident

Phil Jay 14/02/2017

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Super-welterweight contender Brandon Cook remains a little upset after a now infamous ice bucket incident deflected from the biggest win of his career so far.

The 30 year-old took on Steven Butler in a Canadian grudge match at the Bell Centre last month, finishing his rival in seven rounds before the crowd erupted into violence.

Butler, seemingly unhappy at the timing of the stoppage, launched at the celebrating Cook but was beaten to the punch by an ice bucket thrown from the crowd which levelled the victor on the back of the head.

What followed was a night of shame for a minority of the crowd in Quebec, which Cook says took the shine off his 18th straight victory as a professional.

“I don’t think Butler handled this loss correctly, but hopefully he learns a lot about this fight and helps him down the road in his career,” Cook exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I was just going over to shake his hand after my win and he pushed/punched me into the flying bucket. But as you can tell he was out of it so was in no position to continue and the referee was perfectly correct in his decision.”

On his initial reaction to the bucket landing, Cook added: “I had no clue what it was that hit me. It sounded like a bottle. I was really p***** off though and my corner was keeping me calm, making sure I didn’t get hit with anything else.

“Luckily, I didn’t suffer much other than a sore neck for the next week and a little cut from the fight from when we both went down.”

Asked his thoughts on the crowd trouble that ensued, the fringe title holder replied: “The whole thing just down to a couple of dummies that drank too much and security took over quickly. A lot of the videos are just security fighting with guys to calm things down, but it’s still something you don’t want to see in any sport.

“What really sucks is that a lot of attention is going towards the bucket – even though I think it was the biggest win of my career. I will just make sure my next fight I do the same thing as we get closer to the big fight.”

The possibility of a rematch with Butler has been suggested in the media, although Cook stated his opponent didn’t want any part of a potential second helping.

“They don’t want the rematch and I don’t care who I fight. My team makes that decision and we will announce it soon,” he said.