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Bute: Alvarez Caught Me With a Good Punch, He Deserved To Win

QUEBEC CITY -- Eleider Alvarez stopped former champion Lucian Bute with a pair of right-hand shots in the fifth round to win a WBC light heavyweight elimination bout between the two Montreal-based boxers Friday night.

Alvarez (22-0) stunned Bute (32-4-1) with a right and then sent him to the floor with another to close out what had been an even battle through four rounds. Referee Marlon B. Wright stopped the fight at 2:22 of the fifth round.

"I've been practicing that move for a long time," Alvarez said after the bout.

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The Colombian-born Alvarez became the mandatory challenger for the World Boxing Council [WBC] title held by another Montreal fighter, Adonis Stevenson.

Bute held the IBF super-middleweight title from 2007 to 2012, when he was crushed in England by Carl Froch. The Romanian-born Canadian was in only his sixth bout since that loss.

"That's boxing," Bute said. "I thought I fought well but he surprised me with a good punch. Hats off to him, he deserved the win."

It remains to be seen if it was the last fight for 36-year-old Bute. He's 2-4-1 in his last seven bouts.

Alvarez also retained the obscure WBC Silver title.

Also, former Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Adam Braidwood (7-1) stopped Eric Martel-Bahoeli (11-7-1) of Quebec City in the fifth round to win the heavyweight title from a little-known sanctioning body, the WBU.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sweet_Science_ on 02-25-2017

Beterbiev is a beast. Love his style. Imo the only guy at 175lbs that can crush the krusher.

Comment by Sweet_Science_ on 02-25-2017

Seems like Alvarez has had more than one eliminator. Maybe after this latest one he gets a shot at Stevenson.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 02-25-2017

Now let's see how long it will take before Stevenson vs. Alvarez! Although I really want to see Stevenson vs. Beterbiev, Eleider Alvarez deserves a shot [B]ASAP[/B]!

Comment by Sweet_Science_ on 02-25-2017

Hats off to Bute. Never been the same since the Froch fight. Imo he's too small for 175. Might be time to call it a career. He had a nice little run with the Ibf 168 strap. Made good money.…

Comment by Derranged on 02-25-2017

Bute is done.

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