By Luke Furman
Quebec superstar Lucian Bute will have one more chance at fighting for some gold when he returns against undefeated Colombian Eleider Alvarez, who is the WBC's mandatory challenger.
The fight has been finalized to take place on February 24 at the Videotron Centre in Quebec. Their mutual promoter, Yvon Michel, confirmed the fight on Tuesday.
Michel says the winner of the fight will then move forward to a mandatory showdown with WBC world champion Adonis Stevenson. Michel promotes all three of the involved fighters, and they are all advised by Al Haymon and part of the Premier Boxing Champions stable.
Michel says Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs) vs. Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs) came up after discussions to stage a rematch between Bute and Jean Pascal fell apart.
The fight is part of a long-term deal announced between Michel and Bute. As for Alvarez, 32, he will be to action this coming Saturday in a stay busy fight at the Casino de Montreal against the Polish Norbert Dabrowski (19-5-1, 7 KOs).
Bute has been out of the ring since a controversial twelve round draw with WBC super middleweight world champion Badou Jack back in April in Washington DC. After the fight Bute tested positive for a banned substance and it took several months for Bute to reach an agreement on the punishment with local boxing commission.
Alvarez fought back in July, when he dominated Robbie Berridge over twelve rounds at the same Quebec venue.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org