Advertisement
Advertisement

Lucian Bute Talks Johnson, Froch, Kessler, Pavlik, More

By Mark Staniforth

Much fanfare will herald the final of the Super Six tournament in Atlantic City next month when Carl Froch and Andre Ward square off for the supposed status of the world's number one super-middleweight.

Except there is one problem.

He is 6ft 1in and comes from Canada, and his name is Lucian Bute. While the other top super middleweight fighters have been embroiled in their increasingly contrived competition, Bute has stolen their thunder.

Now the winner of Froch v Ward - much as it is an admirable fight in itself - will not find himself crowned king of the super-middleweights, rather merely next in line to face the classy, unbeaten Bute.

The 31-year-old Bute, who defends his IBF title against veteran Glen Johnson in Quebec on November 5, could be forgiven for mocking the unification event having been surprisingly overlooked for the original line-up.

While the Super Six was hit by a series of retirements and injuries, Bute pressed on with a series of impressive defences, and will go into his fight with Johnson on the back of six straight wins inside the distance.

But while Bute remains on the outside looking in, he believes those fine victories have proved his point.

"Glen Johnson has so much credibility that I almost finally feel I am part of the Super Six," Bute said.

Bute, who is a long-time sparring partner of Johnson, has made recent attempts to fight the former Super Six contestant and Froch conqueror Mikkel Kessler, plus former undisputed middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.

Bute added: "We made several offers. I don't know why they turned it down and at the end of the day they would have been great fights. But at the end of the day I'm very happy we ended up with Glen Johnson."

Bute, who has become a hero in Canada, was born in Pechea, Romania and returned there for only the second time as a professional when he stopped Jean Paul Mendy in July in Bucharest.

Bute added: "Everybody knows I call my home Montreal and Quebec City. I feel comfortable fighting here, but it was a great experience and a privilege to go and fight in Romania."

The 42-year-old Johnson has his own reasons for wanting to beat Bute and get back involved in the Super Six. He was beaten via majority decision by Froch in the pair's last fight in Atlantic City in June.

But while the winner of Froch and Ward is very much on Bute's radar, he rejects the suggestion that he needs to do a better job on Johnson in order to enhance his status as world number one at 12st.

"I don't feel any pressure at trying to do better than Carl Froch," Bute added. "I have my own style and he has his own style. I am not going to put on any additional pressure to do better than him.

"I've always been looking to fight everybody. I want to fight the best fighters in the world. There are lots of fights still available for me at 168-pounds, but if they're not available it's not my problem."

Mark Staniforth covers boxing for Press Association Sport

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MJ223 on 10-27-2011

I'm not his biggest fan but Bute is good but it sounds like his mother wrote this article

Comment by ssop on 10-27-2011

Strange on this forum here. Is it the fault of Bute if there was a super 6 going on? Is it is fault if kessler refuse to fight him? Is it Bute who put a case of beer in the…

Comment by vxrandall on 10-27-2011

BS article. obviously nuthug! bute hasnt stolen sh1t. he has beaten nobodies and refused to leave his own back yard. ward and froch mess him up!

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 10-27-2011

All boxing fans want to see Bute fight a good opponent for once. But let's get it straight, the Super 6 champion is not getting in line to fight him. Bute is the one that should be dying to get…

Comment by Ravens Fan on 10-27-2011

I will start by saying that I really like Bute. I also believe that he doesn't get anywhere near the credit he should as a fighter on this forum. With that said, this article borders on the ridiculous. I will…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (10)
Top Headlines Ogogo To Eubank Jr: After Golovkin Bashes You Up - I'll Be Ready! Sergio Martinez: Canelo Made Smart Business Move With GGG Nick Blackwell Blown Away By David Haye's Generous Donation Miguel Marriaga vs. Guy Robb WBO Eliminator on August 27th DiBella Thinks Female Pro Boxing Hits Major U.S. TV in 2016 Porter Plots Fall Return, Wants Immediate Thurman Rematch Hearn: Amir Khan Will NEVER Be The Same, NEVER Face Brook Whyte: Don't Be Shocked if Shannon Briggs Drills David Haye Wilder vs. Joshua Will Be Built Up as SHO PPV, Says Hearn Danny Garcia Hits Back at Keith Thurman With Sneaky Reply Haskins vs. Hall is Likely For Brook-Vargas or Golovkin-Eubank Koncz: If Pacquiao Returns, Crawford Not a Thought - Never Was! Mikey Garcia Names Terry Flanagan as Potential Target at 135 Froch Thinks Golovkin Will Struggle With Ramirez, 168 Power Arum: Manny Pacquiao Wants To Fight Again, Not Sure He Can Yet Klitschko Manager Wants Full Investigation on Fury Doping Claim Roman Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras Trade Heated Words Oscar Valdez Ready For The Danger of Hard Punching Rueda Ryan Martin To Make Ring Return on Wilder vs. Arreola Card Povetkin Holds Meeting With WBC: Awaits Decision on Wilder Golovkin, Eubank Jr. Should Sign By This Weekend, Says Hearn SHO's Espinoza: Canelo-GGG in "Fall 2017" Was To Stop Bleeding Photos: Mario Barrios Putting in Work For World Title Eliminator Roman Gonzalez Focused on Cuadras Next, For The Right Price Parker's Promoter: Anthony Joshua Will Eat The Jab All Night! Cecilia Braekhus Returns, Tops First Card in Norway Since 1980 Manuel Avila Continues Unbeaten Run at Cache Creek Casino Smith's Trainer: We Can Beat Canelo, But Will The Judges Agree? News: Boxeo Telemundo Update; Skeete-Lepelley; Jay Harris Thurman Might Make Mandatory Defense Against Avanesyan Next Jonathan Guzman Ready For Wake Title Shot Rabchenko Handed IBF Eliminator On Santa Cruz-Frampton Card Hurd Wants Foes Like Bundrage, Ishe Smith For Upcoming Fights DiBella: Wilder vs. Joshua is Inevitable in Future, But Not Now Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith is NOT a Bad Fight, Explains Hearn Haye: Bellew Fight Must Be at Heavyweight, He Must Add Weight Anthony Mundine Back in Talks For Danny Green Rematch Knockout CP Freshmart Decisions Rojas In A Stinker Ganigan Lopez vs. Jonathan Taconing Will Be a War, Says WBC Joseph Parker Ready To Take November Date For Anthony Joshua
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement