Eleider Alvarez On A Mission vs. Lucian Bute
Undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver light
heavyweight champion Eleider "Storm" Alvarez is on a mission
to showcase his talent throughout the boxing world, February
24 against former world super middleweight champion Lucian
Bute, to completely justify his No. 1 contender position.
The 32-year-old Alvarez (21-0, 10 KOs) will defend his WBC
Silver title belt against Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs) in the
12-rounder headlining "BUTE VS. ALVAREZ", promoted by Groupe
Yvon Michel (GYM) and Gestev, a presentation of Videotron
and Mise-O-Jeu, at Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada.
Integrated Sports Media will distribute "BUTE VS. ALVAREZ"
live in the United States, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m.
PT, on cable, satellite and internet pay-per-view via iN
Demand, Vubiquity, DIRECTV, DISH and the FITE app for a
suggested retail price of only $29.95.
In Canada, "BUTE VS. ALVAREZ" will be available to watch, in
English or French, on Canal Indigo, Shaw TV and Bell TV;
English-only on Rodgers PPV, as well as in many of the top
Canadian sports bars.
Outside of North America, "BUTE VS ALVAREZ" is being
distributed by leading boxing television rights distribution
firm, Protocol Sports Marketing Ltd.
Fighting out of Montreal, Alvarez is a Colombia native who
is ranked No. 1 by the WBC, as well as No. 4 by The Ring
magazine. In addition to Alvarez defending his WBC Silver
title against Bute, their main event showdown will also be
the final WBC eliminator to determine the mandatory
challenger for the winner's GYM stablemate, reigning WBC and
lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman"
Stevenson (28-1-0, 23 KOs).
Alvarez was already Stevenson's mandatory challenger,
however, he agreed to put everything on the line in a risky
confrontation with former IBF super middleweight champion
Bute, as opposed to waiting until later this year for his
title shot with Stevenson. In addition to being well
compensated, Alvarez had several other reasons to accept
this immense challenge against Bute.
"It is a very good opportunity for me, fighting a good
opponent who is very popular, especially in Canada," the
odds favorite Alvarez said. "He's is a southpaw, like
Stevenson, plus it's also a good opportunity for me to rise
my popularity. And with all due respect to Bute, someone
unable to beat Bute doesn't deserve a shot at Stevenson.
"Our fight will probably be a boxing chess match, but
because of the local angle, at some point our fight will
turn emotional. I will retire Lucian Bute for good February