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