By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing. - Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-1, 24 KOs) will return to action November 3 against undefeated Russian Denis Grachev (12-0, 9 KOs) at the Bell Centre Arena in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.
32, suffered the first loss of his professional career last May. An
inspired Carl Froch, fighting in front of his hometown fans, battered
Bute from the second round on, forcing the referee to wave off the bout
in round five. A standing eight count in the fateful fifth round
provided the ex-champ with no respite. Bute went home to Canada to lick
his wounds, while Froch basked in the glory of his most significant
victory. A few weeks later, Bute exercised the rematch clause in his
contract. The sequel will likely take place in Quebec next year.
Bute’s team felt a tune-up fight was necessary.
several talks with Lucian and head trainer Stephan Larouche, we
established a complete list of Lucian’s needs and evaluated each
opponent,” said InterBox
President Jean Bedard. “We stopped
looking once we got to Denis Grachev and got the fight signed. Grachev
is the best available boxer that Lucian can fight.”
Grachev is an
interesting choice. In his last outing, the 29-year-old California
resident stopped undefeated light heavyweight prospect Ismayl Sillakh in
eight rounds. His nine knockouts in twelve fights suggest some power.
Bute is anxious to get back in the ring.
am very happy that this fight is signed,” Bute said. “I can’t wait to
see my fans again and to fight in front of them at the Montreal Bell
Centre. This fight will be the first step of my goal to reconquer the
IBF Super Middleweight belt.”
Bute’s loss to Froch was a
traumatic experience. He entered the ring in Nottingham as the second
best fighter in the 168-pound division behind Andre Ward. Thirty minutes
later many were saying he was overrated. The memory of the Froch
devastation hasn’t faded. On paper, the edge goes to Bute. He’s a couple
inches taller and much more experienced than Grachev – a former
But, does he still have a chin?
His team certainly thinks so.
Bute certainly thinks so.
Grachev will happily test that theory on November 3.
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