Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 8/26/14
Lucian Bute stepped up his quality of opposition on Saturday the 26th, traveling to Nottingham and defending his IBF title in Carl Froch's backyard. Bute stepped up, only to see Froch swat him down, the Cobra didn't need the hometown advantage this time (as he did against Andre Dirrell). By prevailing in a fight few picked him to win (not including yours truly), and none picked him to win by knockout, boxing really needs to ask the question: was Lucian Bute exposed? Protected by Good Matchmaking? Credit: Interbox Over the last few years, whereas many observers have been praising Lucian Bute as a top super middleweight and a pound-for-pound entrant, I chose to focus on Bute the Businessman. After pricing himself out of the Super Six Tournament, Bute prospered from the spotlight on the 168 lbs division without even participating in the tournament, as the holder of the only belt that wasn't tied up by the Super Six. He deftly used that status to play HBO and Showtime of...
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