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Bute Confirms The End Of His Boxing Career

By Daniel Cloutier

 

MONTRÉAL - Former IBF super middleweight champion of the world, the Montrealer Romanian Lucian Bute confirmed the end of his pro boxing career Wednesday at Bell Centre in Montréal. He is 39 years old.

Bute completed his pro boxing career with a record of 32-5-0 and 25 wins by KO or TKO. Bute did not fight since February 2017, since his defeat by KO in less than five rounds against the Montrealer Colombian Eleider Alvarez (24-1-0) in the ring of the Videotron Centre in Québec City.

Bute won nine world championships bouts in row between 2007 and 2011, but in 2012, he lost his IBF 168 pounds crown against the British Carl Froch. Froch beat Bute by TKO in the fifth round May 26th 2012 in Nottingham, England.

Bute compiled a record of 2-5 at his last seven bouts.

Former member of the Romanian Olympic amateur boxing team, eight times champion of Romania, Bute begun his pro boxing career in Montréal in 2003, and he became IBF super middleweight champion of the world in October 2007 at Bell Centre, in beating the Colombian Alejandro Berrio by TKO in the 11th round.

“It’s a very emotional day for me,” said Bute at this press conference held at the Bell Centre. “The boxing career I got was a real passion. But I am 39 years old now, it’s time now to turn the page. I will never forget the moment that I signed my first pro boxing contract with InterBox, It was in the lobby of a hotel in Bucharest, Romania,. And few months after, I moved from Romania to Montréal and start to train with the InterBox team. After few days in Montréal, I was unable to speak french or english. It’s why I decided to take french courses at the Montréal Université. I will never forget the moment of the conquest of my first world title in pro boxing, in October 2007,. I became a popular boxer in Montréal and I was extremely excited.”
 

When a journalist asked him if he has bad souvenirs, Bute smiled. “Yes, my worst souvenir, it’s when I lost my IBF world title to Carl Froch in 2012 in England,” said Bute. “It was my first defeat in a world championship bout. I was so sad, so disappointed. But sincerely, I am proud of what I achieved in my career before this fight with Carl Froch. When I was a kid, I was dreaming to become a world champion, and I realized it in October 2007 in Montréal. It’s a moment I will remember all my life.”

A journalist asked him if he is planning to stay in the boxing circle. “I am thinking seriously about it, said Bute. I believe I would appreciate to become an advisor for the promoter Yvon Michel. Boxing still a passion for me, then, I really hope to play a role with the GYM Group in the years to come.”

Bute wants to thank the boxing fans in Montréal. “The support of the boxing fans in Montréal pushed me to work harder in the gym and certainly helped me to become a world champion,” said Bute. “I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. My father and my mother still live in Romania, my sister is living in Italy, and I will keep a close contact with them, but I am planning to keep my home in Laval, the biggest northern Montréal suburb. I really appreciate my life in the Montréal area. I feel so close to the Montrealers.”

Several times during this press conference, Bute was obliged to stop talking for few seconds, because he was crying. He was so emotional.”



 

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