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 Last update:  8/17/2011       Read more by Chris LaBate         
   
Lucian Bute Expects a Tough Fight From Glen Johnson
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By Chris LaBate

He couldn't secure Mikkel Kessler or Kelly Pavlik, but IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute was able to bag former champion Glen Johnson for a scheduled defense on November 5th, possibly in Quebec City. Bute (29-0, 24 KOs) and his entourage are relieved that InterBox was able to finalize a deal for a November opponent. Bute knows Johnson  (51-15-2, 35 KOs) very well, because the two of them had sparred with each other several times.

"I'm glad it was completed. I came back from Romania last week and I didn't know who I was going to box against. [Johnson] is a very good opponent, a former champion and he faced the world's best during his career, and I know he has a lot of experience," said Bute to Eric LeBlanc.

"Our goal remains to prove that I belong among the best. I still want to face the winner of the Super Six tournament, but it's one fight at a time. I am ready to face all the boxers who participated in this tournament to show my value to people and also that I deserve to be considered the best super middleweight in the world."

Jean Bédard, President of InterBox, also expects a tough test for Bute.

"We think it will be a good test for Lucian especially since [Johnson] has not been knocked out since 1997 against Bernard Hopkins. He is strong and he just had a good fight against Carl Froch. He was the number one choice when Pavlik [walked] but I keep finding it difficult to find opponents who want to fight Lucian," said Bédard

Tags: Lucian Bute , Glen Johnson , Bute-Johnson , Bute vs Johnson



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comment by DOMINATION, on 08-18-2011
Easy win for Bute. Knockout sensation Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KOs) is the best super middleweight in the world.

comment by MARKBNLV, on 08-18-2011
[QUOTE=fastblack]Johnson stands right there and will be an easy target for Bute to hit. Bute's body shots will win the fight because Johnson will not move. Fighting a Ward or Dirrell or even a drunk Pavlik would be more difficult because they move.[/QUOTE] If Johnson can pressure him like Andr...

comment by mshap, on 08-17-2011
Johnson will finally look his age -- Bute should be able to do what he wants in there -- if Bute is motivated and focused enough, he'll stop Johnson

comment by ssop, on 08-17-2011
You are right exept for Direll and Pavlik who are way to much overated, These two guys would not stand up against Bute, never. [QUOTE=fastblack]Johnson stands right there and will be an easy target for Bute to hit. Bute's body shots will win the fight because Johnson will not move. Fighting a Wa...

comment by fastblack, on 08-17-2011
Johnson stands right there and will be an easy target for Bute to hit. Bute's body shots will win the fight because Johnson will not move. Fighting a Ward or Dirrell or even a drunk Pavlik would be more difficult because they move.

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