Brian Magee vs Lucian Bute Boxing on 19 March | Magee vs Bute Boxing fight
Brian Magee vs Lucian Bute Boxing on 19 March:Belfast boxer Brian Magee is set to challenge Lucian Bute for the IBF Super-Middle Weight world title in Canada on 19 March. Romanian Lucian Bute who is Canadian-based has just signed a deal with Showtime, and the Magee defence will be the first fight in the new deal and aswell as Bute’s seventh title defence.
Brian Magee vs Lucian Bute Boxing on 19 March
Lucian Bute is arguably the best active fighter at 168 and the most highly rated super middleweight since Joe Calzaghe. Many would dispute this due to the level of opposition compared to the likes of Ward and Froch, his toughest assignments being Andrade and Bika. Even though this is true I find it difficult to dispute his No.1 status. Bute is quick and he knocks guys out, added to that his movement and array of punches he is the one to beat. I would have preferred to see him facing someone like Andre Dirrell (19-1, 13 KO’s) or even Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KO’s) but unfortunately Dirrell is still recovering from neurological problems and Pavlik is nowhere to be found. If Kelly Pavlik still has world title aspirations then having a go at Bute would have surely been the perfect opportunity and Bute would of jumped at the chance. Brian Magee won the IBO super middleweight title in 2001 and on his ninth defence he suffered his first loss as a professional by a close but unanimous decision to former WBC title holder Robin Reid (39-6-1, 27 KO’s). The following year in July 2005, he suffered his second loss when he fought unbeaten opponent, Vitaliy Tsypko (22-3, 12 KO’s). Tsypko was 17-0 at the time and in another close fight Magee lost by split decision. Even after these two losses Magee was still considered a good fighter, the guy had never been stopped and narrow decisions had stained his record. In 2007 he got the chance to prove his worth against the highly regarded Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch (27-1, 20KO’s). Froch was British and Commonwealth champion and his record was 18-0 when the two met. Froch was simply too much for Magee to handle and in retrospect we can understand why. Magee got caught with a wicked uppercut in the opening round and went down. He brushed himself off and went after Froch but the power and strength of the future 2-time world champion eventually wore him down. Magee was constantly holding and after a hard ten rounds Froch landed another devastating uppercut in round 11 and the fight was over. Four years, ten months and ten victories later Magee is again up against one of the very best of his era.