By Rick Reeno
BoxingScene.com was advised that it's practically a lock for Lucian Bute (26-0, 21KOs) to make a mandatory defense of his IBF super middleweight title against Jesse Brinkley (35-5, 22KOs) on the date of October 15 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Talks are ongoing for the fight to get televised by ESPN as part of the Friday Night Fights series.
I've been told that InterBox, who promote Bute, are very interested in placing super middleweight contenders Kelly Pavlik and Librado Andrade in separate fights on the undercard.
There is a decent shot for Andrade, a popular fighter among Canadian fans, to land on the card. Pavlik is doubtful to fight on the show. InterBox would like to get him on board to further build a future fight with Bute, but the price of getting Pavlik involved on the card is too expensive. A source close to the negotiations told BoxingScene that Pavlik's minimum is too high to make him a realistic possibility for the card.