|Rated at||Super middleweight
|Height||6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
February 28, 1980 |
Pechea, Galați, Romania
|Wins by KO||25|
Lucian Bute (born February 28, 1980) is a Romanian-Canadian professional boxer who fights out of Montreal. He is a former IBF super middleweight champion, having made nine defenses of the title and reaching a peak ranking of #1 in the division by The Ring magazine.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Amateur highlights
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 References
- 6 External links
- 7 See also
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.
1999 World Amateur Championship Results
- 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
Lucian Bute turned pro in 2003. On September 11, 2014, Bute announced that he would be trained by Fredie Roach. He was previously trained by Stéphan Larouche, who also trained former world champions Éric Lucas and Leonard Doroftei.
IBF Super Middleweight Champion
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. 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.
On October 24, 2008, Bute defeated Mexico's Librado Andrade by unanimous decision but the end of the fight was marred with controversy. 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.
Bute vs. Zúñiga
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.
Bute vs. Andrade II
Bute vs. Miranda
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.
Bute vs. Brinkley
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.
Bute vs. Magee
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.
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. 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.
Bute vs. Johnson
No Easy Way Out
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. 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.
Comeback vs. Denis Grachev
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. 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, Russ Anber, scored the fight: 118-112, for Bute.
Bute vs. Pascal
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. 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. Pascal ended up winning the fight by unanimous decision 117-110, 117-111 and 116-112.
Professional boxing record
|32 Wins (25 knockouts, 7 decisions), 2 Losses (1 knockout, 1 decision), 0 Draws|
|N/A||N/A||James DeGale||N/A||N/A||2015-11-28||Videotron Centre, Quebec City, Quebec||For IBF super middleweight title.|
|Win||32–2||Andrea Di Luisa||TKO||4 (10), 1:53||2015-08-15||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec|
|Loss||31–2||Jean Pascal||UD||12||2014-01-18||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Lost NABF Light Heavyweight title.
For vacant WBC Diamond Light Heavyweight title.
|Win||31–1||Denis Grachev||UD||12||2012-11-03||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Won NABF Light Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||30–1||Carl Froch||TKO||5 (12), 1:05||2012-05-26||Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire||Lost IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||30–0||Glen Johnson||UD||12||2011-11-05||Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec||Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||29–0||Jean-Paul Mendy||KO||4 (12), 2:48||2011-07-09||Romexpo Dome, Bucharest||Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||28–0||Brian Magee||TKO||10 (12), 2:04||2011-03-19||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||27–0||Jesse Brinkley||KO||9 (12), 2:48||2010-10-15||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||26–0||Edison Miranda||TKO||3 (12), 1:22||2010-04-17||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||25–0||Librado Andrade||KO||4 (12), 2:57||2009-11-28||Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec||Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||24–0||Fulgencio Zúñiga||TKO||4 (12), 2:25||2009-03-13||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||23–0||Librado Andrade||UD||12||2008-10-24||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||22–0||William Joppy||TKO||10 (12), 1:08||2008-02-29||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||21–0||Alejandro Berrio||TKO||11 (12), 1:27||2007-10-19||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Won IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||20–0||Sakio Bika||UD||12||2007-06-15||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||IBF Super Middleweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||19–0||Sergey Tatevosyan||UD||12||2007-01-26||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Retained WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||18–0||James Obede Toney||TKO||8 (12), 2:49||2006-09-15||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Retained NABF, NABA & WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight titles.|
|Win||17–0||Lolenga Mock||UD||12||2006-05-16||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Retained WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||16–0||Andre Thysse||UD||12||2006-03-24||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Retained WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||15–0||Donnell Wiggins||KO||2 (12), 2:53||2005-12-02||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Retained NABA Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||14–0||Kabary Salem||TKO||8 (12), 3:00||2005-09-16||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Won vacant NABF & WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight titles.|
|Win||13–0||Jose Spearman||KO||8 (12), 2:13||2005-06-03||Maurice Richard Arena, Montreal, Quebec||Retained NABA Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||12–0||Donny McCrary||KO||4 (12), 2:10||2005-04-21||Sports Hall, Galaţi, Galaţi County||Retained NABA Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||11–0||Christian Cruz||TKO||12 (12), 2:18||2005-03-18||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Won vacant NABA Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||10–0||Carl Handy||TKO||4 (12), 2:09||2005-02-19||Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, Quebec||Won vacant NABF Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||9–0||Dingaan Thobela||TKO||4 (8), 1:22||2004-12-03||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||8–0||Norman Johnson||TKO||2 (6), 1:19||2004-11-01||The Roxy, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||7–0||Willard Lewis||TKO||3 (8), 3:00||2004-10-30||Le Medley, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||6–0||Rico Cason||TKO||2 (6), 2:43||2004-10-16||Club Ovation, Boynton Beach, Florida|
|Win||5–0||Tyler Hughes||TKO||3 (6), 2:46||2004-07-24||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||4–0||Zane Marks||TKO||1 (4), 2:35||2004-04-24||Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec|
|Win||3–0||Jean Pascal Service||KO||1 (4), 1:48||2004-03-20||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||2–0||Darin Johnson||TKO||1 (4), 2:50||2003-12-20||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||1–0||Robert Muhammad||TKO||2 (4), 2:05||2003-11-22||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Professional debut.|
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- Lucian Bute, Librado Andrade, Marlon B. Wright and the Incompetent Timekeeper – A Non-Controversy
- Bute retains IBF title with unanimous decision victory
- Bute destroys Zuniga!. Retrieved on 2009-03-14.
- "Bute stops Magee in 10th". boxingnews24. March 19, 2011.
- "La réalisation d'un rêve pour Lucian Bute" (in French). interbox.ca. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- "Lucian Bute Retains, a Crushing Knockout of Mendy". boxingscene.com. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
- "IBF make Carl Froch the number one mandatory to Bute". LiveFight. February 9, 2012.
- "Bute-Grachev Slated for Nov. 3". ringtv.com.
- http://www.boxingscene.com/bute-vs-pascal-announcement-expected-shortly--63294 Bute vs. Pascal Announcement is Expected Shortly
- Lucian Bute's Official Site
- Professional boxing record for Lucian Bute from BoxRec
- Profile on Interbox
|IBF Super Middleweight Champion
October 19, 2007 – May 27, 2012
|NABF Light Heavyweight Champion
November 3, 2012 – January 19, 2014