Last night or this morning if your reading this from the UK, we saw Lucian Bute back in action since his controversial draw with Badou Jack. He faced undefeated fellow Canadian Eleider Alvarez and was crushed in the 5th.
The former Super Middleweight world champion tested positive for performance enhancement drugs after his draw with Badou Jack and spent forever and a day trying to clear his name and earn himself another shot at a world honour.
He was faced against undefeated light heavyweight Alvarez, and the winner would be granted a shot at WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson.
The fight started at a slow pace, with Bute looking the more talented boxer despite being the bookies underdog. Within two rounds there was a clash of heads, leaving Bute with a bloody nose and Alvarez with a cut forehead. The pair slowed it down and picked their shots more carefully, and in the 5th round Alvarez came out and done something we hadn’t seen since Carl Froch in 2012.
Alvarez caught Bute with a combination of punches, leaving him dazed on his feet and as he was falling he was caught with another flush shot by Alvarez, sending him straight to the canvas. Bute staggered back up but the referee waved the fight off, Bute had been knocked out for the second time in his memorable career.
Could it spell retirement? You would imagine so.