By Gary Purfield
In front of another huge crowd of 12, 219 at the Belle Center in Montreal Canada Lucian Bute continued steam rolling every super middleweight he could find outside of the super six tournament. Bute scored a tenth round TKO of challenger Brian Magee when he landed his trademark left uppercut to the head ending the fight at two minutes and four seconds of the tenth round. Bute retains his IBF super middleweight belt with the win.
Bute 28-0 (23 KO) started slow and did not starting putting punches together until the fourth round. Once Bute got going he landed body shots at will that staggered and hurt his opponent. Bute scored knockdowns from body shots in rounds six and seven. The champ punished Magee for the remainder of the fight before he landed the blow that ended the night.
Magee 34-4-1 (24 KO) was a game challenger who gave an entertaining effort. He landed some good straight lefts in the early rounds that affected the champion. Magee never stopped trying to win but in the end the superior skill of Bute wore the challenger down.
Mikkell Kessler who dropped out of the super six with an eye injury was ringside doing commentary for the fight and expressed his desire to fight Bute. Kessler went as far as to say he would fight Bute in Montreal and “I will kick his a%$ wherever we fight.” Bute also stated he would like to fight Kessler. With all the other top super middleweights still engaged in the super six a fight between Bute and Kessler is very likely. The winner then sets themselves up for a shot at the winner of the super six as that tournament will soon begin the semi-finals stage.
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