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Temple student Daiyaan Butt is featured on February 24 on Live! Casino

Temple student Daiyaan Butt (10-1, 5KOs) is living his dream. As a freshman, he stood in front of his classmates on career day and said he would become a boxer.

To the question “why a boxer?” He replied that he regularly watches Mike Tyson and Roberto Duran with his father, which inspired his dream.

Butt will face Bryce Mills, of Liverpool, NY, (7-1, 4 KOs) at Live! Casino & Hotel in South Philadelphia on Thursday, February 24.

A boxer isn’t the only way Butt wants to be remembered. He wants to be more than just a boxer. Asked about his hopes and dreams in boxing, Butt replied, “I don’t want to be labeled as just a boxer”, citing Muhammad Ali as an example. He wants to give us his platform to make this world a better place.

As a junior at Temple University, Butt studied management information systems (MIS). He wants to be the leader of his own career inside and outside the ring. He wants to take what he learns at Temple University in their Fox School of Business and apply it to the business side of boxing.

With a great understanding of how money and finances work, he will be able to ensure that he understands its value and gets what he deserves. He likes to learn new things, but appreciates it more when he can apply it in everyday life.

Butt admits raising his hand is a big accomplishment in the ring, he also enjoys learning new skills in the gym and applying it to the next training session or fight is just as rewarding.


What’s the biggest life lesson you’ve learned in boxing?

“You can’t take anything for granted in life in general, but boxing has taught that because in boxing it only takes one punch and it translates to life, the next thing you know that you could be on top of the world and then nobody.”

Are there any current or former fighters that you’ve taken elements of their style from and implemented into your style?

“Yes and no, yeah obviously I look at great fighters and different fighters and take what they do and see if it works for me but at the end of the day you have to be your own fighter and a different person . You don’t want to be a factory car and be the same as everyone else, you want to be your own person a little different, a little spice and a twist. Yeah, I watch fighters and take little things they do, but you have to put your own style on and twist with it. My style is a pure punch boxer.

The live boxing event, which is produced in partnership between Joe Hand Promotions and Russel Peltz, will feature a six-round heavyweight bout between Sonny Conto (8-0, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA against Mike Marshall (6-2-1, 4 KOs) fighter out of Danbury,

Super lightweights Christopher Burgos (3-4-1, 1 KO) of North Philadelphia, PA will take on Carlos Marrero (2-6-3) of Bridgeport, CT in a six-round bout.

Another bout on the card is a six-round featherweight contest between Justice Bland (5-1, 2 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY vs. D’Angelo Fuentes (6-0, 4 KOs) fighting in Coconut Creek, FL

Also on the card is a four round lightweight bout featuring Jordon Murphy (1-0, 1 KO) of Deerfield Beach, FL against Nasir Mickens (2-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia.

$50, $75 and $125 tickets are on sale now at and at or by calling 215-364 -9000. Must be 21 or older to attend.