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Bute wrote Johnson blueprint

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

It is often said, that where there a will, there’s a way. According to super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute’s trainer Stephane Larouche, if you have the will, you better find a way if you want to make a mark against the undefeated fighter who made his 9th title defense Saturday night in Quebec City before over 15,000 passionate fans. “The will to win is not enough against Lucian Bute,” Larouche told Fightnews the morning after the night before.

“I think Lucian wrote the book on how to beat Glen Johnson,” said the trainer about Johnsons most decisive defeat since 1997 and Bernard Hopkins. “We managed to back him up quite a bit,” said Larouche, “We noticed in his previous fights when he was backed into the ropes, he was not dangerous at all. I think we gained a sense of the ring in the very early rounds and as fighter, when you’re unable to land the punch that you’re using to preapre something, it’s hard to get a rythem. Last night, we never let Glen get into the fight. We just didn’t give him that chance. I think he got discouraged in the first round where might of got hurt and felt the power. He figured that’s the wrong way to do it, I better find a new way. I watched all his fights with Chad Dawson and everybody else and I’ve never been impressed by his strategy, if he actually does have a strategy.”

Up next for Lucian is a trip to Atlantic City for the finals of the Super Six and an open invitation to whoever comes out victorious. “There’s no guarantees about any fights in boxing,” said promoter Jean Bedard. “The only thing we know is that winner will have some obligations to deliver something to Showtime, and Showtime is in a position to help make this fight happen. I think we’re going in the right direction, but there are no guarantees from our side or from the winner.”

While Bute is often viewed as Canadian phenomenon, the fighter has said since signing a three fight deal that he would like to meet the winner of the Super Six and do so in New York City. “Right now it is Lucian’s dream,” said Bedard, “He fought in Romania, he fought in Montreal and Quebec, right now he wants to go to the U.S. For us it makes more sense right now to go to New York than Atlantic City. Right now we’re focussed on the winner or at least of the two guys.”

“We’re going there December 17th hoping the winner will challenge us publicly,” said Larouche, “But we do have some doubts.”

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