News May 2007


Many fight fans and industry insiders are holding high regard for the Canadian-based Romanian, Lucian Bute.

A tall, fast handed and aggressive southpaw, Bute is not a concussive KO artist.

What Bute does possess is the ability to throw lots of hard combinations which has seen him stop 16 of his 19 opponents to date early.

His last opponent was Sergey Tatevosyan, the tough, former-middleweight champ of Russia who took Bute the distance but lost every round.

Some argue that Sergey is the first high-calibre opponent that Lucian has faced, but i would say that Kabary Salem & James Obede-Toney were also fairly decent challenges too - Bute was the first to stop Salem, who famously dropped Joe Calzaghe for the first time in his previous fight a full year earlier - but Kabary was in his late 30's and had been well beaten prior to this point, even if never stopped.

James Obede-Toney has since returned to middleweight since his defeat in 8 rounds to Bute.. only to be demolished in 4 rounds by Roman Karmazin.

Lucian was a member of the Romanian national team, Bute won a bronze medal at the 1999 World Amateur Championships.

The high point of his amateur career was his superb performance at the 2001 Francophone Games in Ottawa on his way to a gold medal.

His current promoters - Interbox, the same Montreal promoter who managed the rise of fellow Romanian Leonard Dorin, brought in Lucian Bute to spar with the former super middleweight titleholder Eric Lucas in 2003. Bute gave the reigning champ a good run in sparring and after this, Interbox elected to guide his professional ever since.

On June 15th Bute will face quite arguably his toughest date since turning pro, when he steps into the ring against the tough as teak and formiddable Sakio Bika.

Bika, who is not as fluid as Bute in his movements, often wings his punches with his head quite low, which seen Marcus Beyer fracture his face and the fight was promptly stopped - and also Joe Calzaghe sporting a nasty cut & bump following their tussle earlier in the year.

Interbox are holding the event in Canada at the Bell Centre and today Sakio Bika organised a press conference to talk about his impending date with Lucian:-

"Training has been excellent and i have recently been in with two of the best super middleweight in the world in Marcus Beyer and Joe Calzaghe - my sponsorship has enabled me to get in some world-class sparring for this competion"

Andre Thysse, the tough South African had this to say of Sakio Bika following his loss to 'The Scorpion' earlier this year:

Thysse is a world class fighter who has never been dropped in his career of 27 fights and has fought for 3 world titles.

“He is a tough boy that Bika said Thysse, he hit me with the best body shots I’ve ever encountered. He‘s young and very strong, I think he can go all the way with a bit more experience.”

It must be noted that Thysse has also been beaten very soundly by Bute exactly a year prior to this loss, scored almost exactly the same scorecards as Bika.

I believe the key to this fight is whether or not Lucian's silky skills and ring savvy will be enough to deter the tough-as-nails Bika from hunting him down.


Tatesvosyan was almost knocked through the ropes and stopped by Britains Carl Froch earlier this year - wheras Bute was taken the distance - could this lack of firepower at the highest level be the difference for Bute against Sakio ?

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