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Bute set to Bang at The Bell!

By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

The last time fans saw super-middleweight Lucian Bute (23-0 18KO) in the ring, things weren’t going so great for the popular IBF world champion. A last minute charge from mandatory challenger Librado Andrade stunned a capacity Bell Centre crowd and put the undefeated Montreal fighter down for the first time in his professional career. Glassy eyed and legless, Bute managed to will himself to his feet with pandemonium breaking both inside and outside the ring. After the initial hysteria of long counts and home cooking, it was widely conceded that Bute who had gone down with five seconds left and had done what was required of him to win, by not only clearing the canvas before referee Marlon Wright’s elongated count but also a real time count of ten. With no time left, Bute was bruised and battered, but also vertical and victorious. The victory though came at a cost; the veil of invincibility was gone. The championship belt, showing preliminary signs of tarnish. Tonight the undefeated southpaw hopes to regain some of luster that escaped him last time out as he meets two-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (22-3-1 19KO). (More)




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