Grachev: Sillakh Was Tougher To Deal With Than Bute!

by Luke Furman

Light heavyweight Denis Grachev (12-1-1, 8KOs), who suffered his first career defeat on Saturday night in Montreal, felt he was robbed against hometown hero Lucian Bute. Grachev made a name for himself with an unexpected knockout victory over highly redgarded contender Ismayl Sillakh. He felt Sillakh was a much tougher opponent than Bute, who returned from a knockout loss to Carl Froch.

"I won this fight. I can go to war with anyone. Sillakh was tougher to deal with than Bute. He was more versatile," Grachev said.

Grachev's coach also thought his boxer won the fight.

"We had no choice but to come here, because Denis is not well known. If this fight had taken place in the United States, we would have won, he would never have had this decision. There is a lot of money at stake in a rematch between Bute and Froch. We knew we would not win a decision here," Baruch Ferreira said.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Alx. on 11-05-2012

it was still a boring fight and i had it a draw.

Comment by Pitchou on 11-05-2012

Put Gratchev again with Sillakh for is next fight, and i'm sure you will see another Sillakh, when you came back from a knock out you are noot the same fighter. Bute was not the same, if he fought Gratchev…

Comment by JKidd2624 on 11-04-2012

[QUOTE=Tmann400;12666780]Yea, IMO Sillakh is a better fighter then Bute, despite losing to Grachev, he was completely outclassing him and barely getting hit at all until he got caught in the 8th. Whereas with Bute, Grachev seemingly was able to find…

Comment by HeroBando on 11-04-2012

[QUOTE=intoccabile;12667321]A one trick pony, i've said it numerous times. He's always looked ordinary up until he lands that counter uppercut. Prevent that, and it's smooth sailing.[/QUOTE] He was more of a volume guy earlier, he's totally bought into this power…

Comment by intoccabile on 11-04-2012

[QUOTE=Red Power;12667008]I'm surprised that people were unaware that Bute was a hypejob. That's what happens when fans give you credit for things you've never done. What's Bute's best win? Sakio Bika or a 42 year old Glen Johnson? Bute was…

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