Lucian Bute vs. Eleider Alvarez
To Air Live Worldwide On PPV
Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and Gestev have jointly announced
that the February 24th BUTE VS. ALVAREZ mega-showdown, as
Lucian Bute challenges World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver
light heavyweight champion Eleider "Storm" Alvarez in the
12-round main event, will air live worldwide on pay per view
from Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada.
In addition to Alvarez defending his WBC Silver title
against former International Federation Boxing (IBF) super
middleweight champion Bute, their fight 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).
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. "BUTE VS. ALVAREZ" will also air
around the world on an international satellite feed.
"We are very happy to provide the opportunity for the fans
in the United States and around the world to watch this
great fight live from the beautiful Videotron Center in
Quebec City," GYM president Yvon Michel said. "This is an
extremely significant fight in the highly talented light
heavyweight division. The bout will also determine the next
opponent for WBC champion Adonis Stevenson in a clash that
will be one of the most important and the biggest fights in
Canadian boxing history."
Romania-born Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs), who is a Canadian
citizen living in Laval (Canada), held the IBF 168-pound
division title for nearly five years (Oct. 19, 2007-May 26,
2012), when the wildly popular southpaw ranked among the top
pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Bute has a sterling 10-2-1 (8 KOs) record in world title
fights and he has defeated six world champions: Dingaan
Thobela, Sakio Bika, Alejandro Berrio, William Joppy, Brian
Magee and Glen Johnson.
The WBC No. 7-ranked Bute will celebrate his 37th birthday
four days after his fight with Alvarez. All three of his pro
career losses have been to world champions: Jean Pascal,
Carl Froch and James DeGale.
The 32-year-old Alvarez (21-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of
Montreal, is a native of Colombia, where he was a decorated
amateur, capturing a gold medalist at the prestigious 2007
Pan-American Games, in addition to being a 2008 Olympian in
"Storm" moved to Montreal and turned pro in 2009. He went on
to become North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and
North American Boxing Association (NABA) light heavyweight
champion. In 2014, he stopped previously undefeated Ryno
Liebenberg (16-0) in the seventh round of their fight in
Monte Carlo to capture the WBC Silver 175-pound division
championship, which he has successfully defended twice, both
by 12-round decision, against Isidro Ranoni Prieto (24-0-3)
and former world title challenger Isaac Chilemba.
Now ranked No. 1 by the WBC and No. 4 by The Ring magazine,
Alvarez' most recent fight was last month, in which he won a
10-round unanimous decision over Norbert Dabrowski (19-5-1)
Additional PPV fights will soon be announced by GYM.