By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Lucian Bute (23-0 18KO) will be making the third defense of his IBF Super-middleweight title this coming March 13th at the Bell Centre in Montreal versus knockout artist Fulgencio Zuniga (22-3-1 19KO) of Colombia. A full house of 16,000 looked on in shock in Bute’s last fight as they saw the hometown fighter hit the canvas for the first time in his career with mere seconds remaining in the contest against hard-charging opponent Librado Andrade.
Bute, who was winning handily on points, managed to drag himself up to his feet as the final bell sounded and walked away with the decision and his championship belt.
“Of course I didn’t like the way the fight ended,” Bute told Fightnews at this morning’s press conference announcing his new opponent.
“It was a new experience for me. It was an error in judgment and I can assure you it’s not going to happen in this fight or in future fights.”
Bute said he is not superstitious of going right back to a heavy puncher or the fact that the fight is being held on Friday the 13th.
“It’s just another day to me,” said the undefeated Romanian born fighter. “I should be able use my speed, movement, and ring experience to come out ahead. I think he is slower than I am.”
While Bute feels that he has something to prove after his last fight, so does his opponent Zuniga who is one fight removed from losing a controversial decision for the WBO version of the 168 pound crown versus Denis Inkin.
“I only had about two weeks to prepare for Inkin. Still, I know I beat him!” said Zuniga via press release.
Zuniga’s three career losses have all come against world champions, Inkin, Kelly Pavlik and Daniel Santos.
“I will go to Canada to fight Lucian Bute in an all action boxing war. I will pressure Lucian Bute from the first round until he says no mas.” Tickets for the Bell Centre bout go on sale January 31st at noon through the Admission Network.