Lucian Bute

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Lucian Bute
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Statistics
Real name Lucian Bute
Nickname(s) Le Tombeur
Mister KO
Rated at Super Middleweight (168 lb)
Light Heavyweight (175 lb)
Height 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality Romania Romanian, Canada Canadian
Born (1980-02-28) February 28, 1980 (age 34)
Pechea, Galați, Romania
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 31
Wins by KO 24
Losses 2
Draws 0
No contests

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Official Site
Lucian Bute
Medal record
Competitor for  Romania
World Amateur Boxing Championships
Bronze 1999 Houston Welterweight
Francophone Games
Gold 2001 Ottawa-Hull Welterweight

Lucian Bute (born February 28, 1980)[1] is a Romanian-Canadian professional boxer fighting out of Montreal, Quebec. Bute is a former IBF super middleweight champion and former #1 super middleweight in the world by The Ring.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Lucian Bute was born on February 28, 1980 in Pechea, Galaţi County, Romania.

He also holds Canadian citizenship, gained in 2012.[3]

Amateur highlights[edit]

As an amateur, Bute won the bronze medal at the 1999 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Houston, Texas and the gold medal at the 2001 Francophone Games. Bute also represented Romania at the 2003 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Bangkok, Thailand as a middleweight.[4]

1999 World Amateur Championship Results[edit]

  • Defeated Nurhan Süleymanoğlu (Turkey) 9-5
  • Defeated Mihály Kótai (Hungary) 8-4
  • Defeated Kejstutis Sandanavicius (Lithuania) 18-5
  • Lost to Timur Gaydalov (Russia) 7-10

Professional career[edit]

Lucian Bute turned pro in 2003. On September 11, 2014, Bute announced that he would be trained by Freddie Roach. He was previously trained by Stéphan Larouche, who also trained former world champions Éric Lucas and Leonard Doroftei.

IBF Super Middleweight Champion[edit]

On June 15, 2007, Bute faced super middleweight contender and former Olympian Sakio Bika at the Bell Centre in Montreal in an elimination bout for the IBF title.[5] Bute beat Bika by unanimous decision (116-111, 118-109, 118-109) and, as a result, he got his shot at the IBF Super Middleweight Champion Alejandro Berrio on October 19, 2007. Bute beat Berrio via TKO in the 11th round. With this victory, Bute became the third professional boxing world champion of Romania in its short history after the fall of communism after Leonard Doroftei and Mihai Leu and also the third champion in InterBox's history after Eric Lucas and Dorin.[6]

Andrade Controversy[edit]

On October 24, 2008, Bute defeated Mexico's Librado Andrade by unanimous decision but the end of the fight was marred with controversy.[7] While Bute dominated his opponent through most of the fight, he nearly lost the title when he was knocked down by Andrade with two seconds left in the 12th and final round. When the referee, Marlon B. Wright, reached the eight count, the bell sounding the end of the match rang. However, the referee stopped the count temporarily when he signaled Andrade to return to his corner.[8]

Bute vs. Zúñiga[edit]

Bute defeated three-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zúñiga on March 13, 2009. In round four, Bute knocked Zúñiga down with a left uppercut to the body. Zúñiga got up, but Bute continued the assault, eventually leading to a stoppage by the referee.[9]

Bute vs. Andrade II[edit]

On November 29, 2009, Lucian Bute fought Andrade in a rematch and won with a fourth-round KO at Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Canada. Bute retained his IBF Super Middleweight title.

Bute vs. Miranda[edit]

On April 17, 2010, Bute stopped Edison Miranda at 1:22 of the third round to retain his IBF Super Middleweight title in Montreal in front of nearly 15,000 fans. Miranda lost the first two rounds and he was knocked out during the third round with a left uppercut to the jaw. Miranda got back on his feet but the referee decided to stop the fight seconds after, so the result was a technical knockout.[10]

Bute vs. Brinkley[edit]

On October 15, at the Bell Centre in Montréal, IBF Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute scored an impressive ninth round KO over mandatory challenger Jesse Brinkley. It was mostly a tactical fight until Bute dropped Brinkley with a left uppercut to the body in round five. Brinkley barely beat the count. Bute floored Brinkley for the second time in round eight and knocked him out with an uppercut in round nine. It was Bute’s sixth title defense.[11]

Bute vs. Magee[edit]

Bute dominated and stopped European Super Middleweight Champion Brian Magee in the 10th round in a mostly one-sided fight at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Magee showed incredible heart throughout and had some good moments in the earlier rounds. However, Bute wore Magee down, knocking him down three times – once in the 6th, another time in the 7th and a final time in the 10th. Bute won the fight with an uppercut in the 10th round. The bout was stopped at 2:04 of the round. The fight took place on March 19, 2011. This was Bute's seventh successful defense in a row.[12]

Back home[edit]

Bute successfully defended his IBF Super Middleweight title for the eighth time in a row in Romania on 9 July 2011 against the previously unbeaten Jean-Paul Mendy of France. The Frenchman was the IBF's number one contender and the mandatory challenger.[13] This was Bute's first defense in Romania and his second fight there since 2005. The event took place at Romexpo and Bute won in the fourth round by knockout.[14]

Bute vs. Johnson[edit]

Bute defeated Glen Johnson via unanimous decision at Québec City's Colisée Pepsi. The judges scorecards read 119-109 and 120-108 twice.

No Easy Way Out[edit]

The IBF officially enforced Carl Froch as Lucian Bute's number one mandatory. The fight, billed as "No Easy Way Out," took place on 26 May 2012 in Froch's hometown of Nottingham.[15] Despite being the overwhelming underdog with bookmakers, critics and fans around the world, Froch dominated Bute throughout the fight to become the IBF Super Middleweight Championship via TKO in round five.[16][17][18]

Comeback vs. Denis Grachev[edit]

On November 3, 2012, in his first fight since his loss to Froch, Bute fought Denis Grachev for the latter's NABF light heavyweight title.[19] The bout took place in Montreal, Quebec. Despite strong opposition from Grachev, who was very aggressive throughout the fight, Bute was still able to not only narrowly out-box Grachev in a majority of the rounds (including a huge rally in the twelfth and final round that saw him land punches filled with loads of power over and over again on Grachev), but land the harder punches throughout the fight and was able to win the fight via unanimous decision. Unofficial ringside scorer, Carte Russ Amner, scored the fight: 118-112, for Bute.

Bute vs. Pascal[edit]

It was announced that Bute would fight Jean Pascal on May 25, 2013, in Montreal, Quebec. Bute would be making his first defense of his NABF light heavyweight championship, and the winner of the fight would become the WBC Diamond Champion in the class.[20] However, on May 8, 2013, Bute was forced to pull out of the fight due to an injury that required surgery to remove bone fragments from his left hand. The fight was rescheduled for January 18, 2014.[21] Pascal ended up winning the fight by unanimous decision 117-110, 117-111 and 116-112.[22]

Professional boxing record[edit]

31 Wins (24 knockouts, 7 decisions), 2 Losses (1 knockout, 1 decisions), 0 Draws[23]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 31–2 Canada Jean Pascal UD 12 2014-01-18 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lost NABF and vacant WBC Diamond Light Heavyweight titles.
Win 31–1 Russia Denis Grachev UD 12 2012-11-03 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won NABF Light Heavyweight title.
Loss 30–1 United Kingdom Carl Froch TKO 5 (12), 1:05 2012-05-26 United Kingdom Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Lost IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 30–0 Jamaica Glen Johnson UD 12 2011-11-05 Canada Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 29–0 France Jean-Paul Mendy KO 4 (12), 2:48 2011-07-09 Romania Romexpo Dome, Bucharest, Romania Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 28–0 Republic of Ireland Brian Magee TKO 10 (12), 2:04 2011-03-19 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 27–0 United States Jesse Brinkley KO 9 (12), 2:48 2010-10-15 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 26–0 Colombia Edison Miranda TKO 3 (12), 1:22 2010-04-17 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 25–0 Mexico Librado Andrade KO 4 (12), 2:57 2009-11-28 Canada Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 24–0 Colombia Fulgencio Zúñiga TKO 4 (12), 2:25 2009-03-13 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 23–0 Mexico Librado Andrade UD 12 2008-10-24 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 22–0 United States William Joppy TKO 10 (12), 1:08 2008-02-29 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 21–0 Colombia Alejandro Berrio TKO 11 (12), 1:27 2007-10-19 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 20–0 Cameroon Sakio Bika UD 12 2007-06-15 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada IBF Super Middleweight Title Eliminator.
Win 19–0 Armenia Sergey Tatevosyan UD 12 2007-01-26 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.
Win 18–0 Ghana James Obede Toney TKO 8 (12), 2:49 2006-09-15 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained NABF, NABA & WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight titles.
Win 17–0 Denmark Lolenga Mock UD 12 2006-05-16 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.
Win 16–0 South Africa Andre Thysse UD 12 2006-03-24 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.
Win 15–0 United States Donnell Wiggins KO 2 (12), 2:53 2005-12-02 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained NABA Super Middleweight title.
Win 14–0 Egypt Kabary Salem TKO 8 (12), 3:00 2005-09-16 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant NABF & WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight titles.
Win 13–0 United States Jose Spearman KO 8 (12), 2:13 2005-06-03 Canada Maurice Richard Arena, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained NABA Super Middleweight title.
Win 12–0 United States Donny McCrary KO 4 (12), 2:10 2005-04-21 Romania Sports Hall, Galaţi, Galaţi County, Romania Retained NABA Super Middleweight title.
Win 11–0 United States Christian Cruz TKO 12 (12), 2:18 2005-03-18 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant NABA Super Middleweight title.
Win 10–0 Canada Carl Handy TKO 4 (12), 2:09 2005-02-19 Canada Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Won vacant NABF Light Heavyweight title.
Win 9–0 South Africa Dingaan Thobela TKO 4 (8), 1:22 2004-12-03 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 8–0 United States Norman Johnson TKO 2 (6), 1:19 2004-11-01 United States The Roxy, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 7–0 Canada Willard Lewis TKO 3 (8), 3:00 2004-10-30 Canada Le Medley, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 6–0 United States Rico Cason TKO 2 (6), 2:43 2004-10-16 United States Club Ovation, Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
Win 5–0 United States Tyler Hughes TKO 3 (6), 2:46 2004-07-24 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 United States Zane Marks TKO 1 (4), 2:35 2004-04-24 Canada Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Win 3–0 Canada Jean Pascal Service KO 1 (4), 1:48 2004-03-20 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 2–0 United States Darin Johnson TKO 1 (4), 2:50 2003-12-20 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 1–0 United States Robert Muhammad TKO 2 (4), 2:05 2003-11-22 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Bute's professional debut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lucian Bute". May 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ring Ratings Update: Bute still No.1 at super middleweight". June 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bute adds 'Canadian' to title". slam.canoe.ca. March 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "10.World Championships - Houston, USA - August 20-27 1999". amateur-boxing.strefa.pl. October 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ "LUCIAN BUTE v SAKIO BIKA overview". livefight.com. Live Fight. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lucian Bute, campion la box". campioniiromaniei.ro (in Romanian). Campionii României. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Lucian Bute, Librado Andrade, Marlon B. Wright and the Incompetent Timekeeper – A Non-Controversy
  8. ^ Bute retains IBF title with unanimous decision victory
  9. ^ Bute destroys Zuniga!. Retrieved on 2009-03-14.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ "Bute stops Magee in 10th". boxingnews24. March 19, 2011. 
  13. ^ "La réalisation d'un rêve pour Lucian Bute" (in French). interbox.ca. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Lucian Bute Retains, a Crushing Knockout of Mendy". boxingscene.com. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "IBF make Carl Froch the number one mandatory to Bute". LiveFight. February 9, 2012. 
  16. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-2150532/Carl-Froch-annihilates-Lucian-Bute-win-IBF-super-middleweight-title-baying-Nottingham-crowd.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
  17. ^ http://www.eastsideboxing.com/news.php?p=32165&more=1
  18. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/may/27/carl-froch-lucian-bute-world-title?newsfeed=true
  19. ^ "Bute-Grachev Slated for Nov. 3". ringtv.com. 
  20. ^ http://www.boxingscene.com/bute-vs-pascal-announcement-expected-shortly--63294 Bute vs. Pascal Announcement is Expected Shortly
  21. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/5192/pascal-bute-cast-in-stone
  22. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/boxing/story/?id=441614
  23. ^ [3]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alejandro Berrio
IBF Super Middleweight Champion
October 19, 2007 – May 27, 2012
Succeeded by
Carl Froch
Preceded by
Denis Grachev
NABF Light Heavyweight Champion
November 3, 2012 – January 19, 2014
Succeeded by
Jean Pascal