Bute, Coach Admit There is Work To Do Before Froch

By Luke Furman

Former super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KOs) did enough to win on Saturday night, but he was far from impressive in his twelve round unanimous decision victory over light heavyweight contender Denis Grachev (12-1-1, 8 KOs). Bute, who struggled at times, won a unanimous decisionwith scores of 115-113, 118-110 and 116-112.

Bute was looking for a more inspiring performance after a one-sided five round TKO loss to Carl Froch in May. A rematch between Bute and Froch is already agreed up on for March. Both Bute and his trainer Stephane Larouche admit there is a lot of work to complete before they get in the ring with Froch for a second time.

"We can not jump to the ceiling," said Larouche. "Lucian found a way to win, but it was not perfect. We gave [Bute] a score, [for his performance] somewhere between 6 and 7 out of 10. With the kind of defeat that Lucian suffered in May, he went very far. We picked a difficult opponent for Bute's return [and he couldn't afford to] lose because Lucian is 32-years-old. I liked what I saw. We still have work to do before returning against Froch in March."

Bute was happy with the win.

"I was a little tense. I was never been worried during the fight. I moved well and I kept my eyes on the target. It was a tough battle and I'm happy with my performance overall. I had before me a very tough opponent and I'm glad I went twelve rounds. I really needed that. There was some my blood getting into my [left] eye [from a cut] and it was diffuclt to see at times. Since May, for me, it's clear that I want a rematch against Carl Froch. It may take place in March of next year, and if it does I'll be happy. I can not wait to get back on the ring," Bute said.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

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

[QUOTE=Japanese Boxing;12666281]He'll slowly regain his confidence in the ring. He might never have what he did before, but I credit him for trying.[/QUOTE] Good post. Unfortunately, he will probably get knocked out in 3 rounds or less in the rematch.

Comment by El Gato Negro on 11-05-2012

They know Froch is going to destroy him again.

Comment by Jbrem1 on 11-05-2012

Froch in 5 or less. He won't show Bute any respect and will take a fee to get into the strike zone.

Comment by MDPopescu on 11-05-2012

[QUOTE=Jack Napier;12667672]Bute needs inside game learn to hold, and get some damn defense in close Froch beat his ass he needs to stay away from him or discourage him inside don't think anything will change though, Bute will get bullied[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Jack Napier on 11-04-2012

Bute needs inside game learn to hold, and get some damn defense in close Froch beat his ass he needs to stay away from him or discourage him inside don't think anything will change though, Bute will get bullied

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