Originally posted on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 11/6/11
This was a big weekend for boxing fans. A string of unpleasant outcomes had hardcore fans bristling with anticipation for what seemed to be at least a couple of can't-miss fights. There were no superfights--certainly nothing that could compare to the big Pacquiao-Marquez fight next week. But Bute-Johnson and Angulo-Kirkland would be the kind of fights that boxing fans love. Credit: Tom Casino / Showtime Bute vs. Johnson Bute-Johnson didn't deliver on thrills, but Lucian Bute, 30-0 (24) cemented his status as one of the sport's rising forces with a near-shutout unanimous decision over Glen Johnson, 54-16-2 (36). Naysayers would be within reason to point to Johnson's apparently-depreciated form in this bout. He was off-balance at times, while appearing dried-up and creaky. He didn't take punches as unflinchingly as in the past. But in acknowledging the clearest loss of Johnson's career, or at least since he became a force following a KO of Roy Jones, we must praise his conqueror...
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