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May 20, 2022

Boxing: Bute stops Magee in 10th to keep crown

MONTREAL – Undefeated Lucian Bute made his seventh successful defense of the International Boxing Federation super middleweight crown on Saturday by stopping Northern Ireland’s Brian Magee in the 10th round.

Bute, a 31-year-old Roma­nian-born fighter based in Montreal, stopped the Ulsterman with an uppercut to the chin after 2:04 of the 10th round, improving to 28-0 with his 23rd stoppage inside the distance.
Magee, a 35-year-old former European super middleweight champion, fell to 34-4 with one draw saw his 10-fight unbeaten run snapped.

Bute landed a powerful right hook to the chest in the sixth round that sent Magee to the canvas and sent a left hook to the challenger’s chest in the closing seconds of the seventh round to crumple him to his knees.

“After the fourth round I realized the body shots were working,” Bute said, quoted by sports.inquirer.net. “My trainer said go to the body and that’s what I did.”

Magee attacked in flailing fashion in the eighth round, trying to stay with the champion, but Bute’s blow to the head in the 10th sent Magee to the canvas on his knees again and referee Pete Podgorski stopped the fight.

In only his second fight against a fellow southpaw, Bute recorded his fifth knockout in a row and set the stage for a likely fight later this year against Danish star Mikkel Kessler, who was at ringside. Kessler said after the fight, “He can have his hometown. I don’t care. I’ll kick his ass anyway.”

Kessler (43-2, 32 KO), the former WBA and WBC champion, dropped out of the Super Six Boxing Classic tournament last year due to an eye injury.

Bute was left out of the Super Six but has since signed with the event’s telecaster sponsor and wants to fight the tournament’s eventual winner to decide an undisputed super middleweight champion.
England’s Carl Froch, 27-1 with 20 knockouts, will defend his World Boxing Council crown against Jamaican Glen Johnson, 51-14 with two drawn and 35 knockouts, in one of two May semi-finals.
The other semi-final sends undefeated World Boxing Association champion Andre Ward, an American who is 23-0 with 13 knockouts, against Germany’s Arthur Abraham, 32-2 with 26 knockouts.

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