Lucian Bute: Chad Dawson-Andre Ward is a 50-50 Fight

By Ryan Burton

IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute appeared on the latest edition of The Boxing Lab,'s official audio show. The Montreal, Quebec based fighter faces Super Six tournament runner-up Carl Froch on May 26th in his hometown of Nottingham, UK.

Showtime signed Bute to a 3 fight contract in hopes of matching him with the eventual tournament winner that ended up being Andre Ward. Prior to winning the Super Six trophy, Ward appeared on board with the plan but changed his mind shortly after his tournament clinching win over Froch.  When I asked Bute for his opinion on Ward's change of heart he said that he had no idea why Ward declined the fight.

"What is weird is before the Super 6 tournament he said that it would be great for the winner to fight Bute. Then after the tournament he changed his mind. Who knows why. Only he knows why he said that.  You would have to ask him," Bute told The Boxing Lab.

Ward now appears headed towards a showdown against WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson on September 8th. Bute feels that their fight will be a tactical battle that both fighters will have a good shot at winning.

"This is a fight that I guess a lot of people want to see. I don't think it will be a great action fight but it will be a strategy filled fight.  It is a 50-50 fight in my mind," stated Bute. "Ward always finds a way to win yet Dawson has fought a lot of top guys and lately has found a way to win all of his fights," he concluded. 

You can hear the full interview by clicking

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTER1454 on 05-18-2012

[QUOTE=TheHayeMaker;12141704]Floyd Mayweather and the 147-154 Division is being promoted not because Floyd is THE MEGASTAR but simply because there is no great American MW or HW to promote. and because there's nobody else They are desperately hoping Ward is 'the…

Comment by micky1971 on 05-18-2012

if this bute geezer was any good then why did he not enter for selection in the super six in the first place? didnt ward come in late? carl froch should ko this cunt. ward however is something else and…

Comment by TheHayeMaker on 05-18-2012

Floyd Mayweather and the 147-154 Division is being promoted not because Floyd is THE MEGASTAR but simply because there is no great American MW or HW to promote. and because there's nobody else They are desperately hoping Ward is 'the…

Comment by TheHayeMaker on 05-18-2012

[QUOTE=LA_2_Vegas;12141655]I'm not taking the bait on what your getting at there.....but dont worry Bute will beat Froch and make it look a lot smoother and slicker than Ward did.[/QUOTE] there is no bait. I might as well say it. People…

Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 05-18-2012

[QUOTE=TheHayeMaker;12141648]Lucian Bute will KO Ward Lucian Bute will destroy Ward You guys hating because you guys think Ward is slick and you guys prefer him for reasons that I do not want to get into on boxing scene But I…

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