So much boxing, so often, these days, so some of these bouts get caught under radar. Fair to say Lucian Bute's Saturday clash fits that bill. The once hyped lefty 168er is looking to get back to a place of near prominence and I dare say the spotlight is not trained prominently upon the 35-year-old Romanian as he counts down to a PBC on NBCSN scrap against unknown Andrea DiLuisa. I tapped Bute promoter Yvon Michel to get a sense of the stakes; what does a win mean for the with-something-to-prove boxer?
“With a convincing win Bute might get a chance to DaGale and win his former title, ” Michel told me. “The plan is to fight at 168, no rematch with Jean Pascal is on the horizon.”
Bute is 31-2; the Italian underdog is 17-2 and 33 years old and is likely two steps beneath Bute in quality.