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Following Lucian Bute‘s dominant display over reigning EBU Super Middleweight titlist Brian Magee on Saturday, March 19 at the Bell Centre, Montreal, the Romanian-Canadian called out durable Dane Mikkel Kessler, claiming he will fight the former Super Six World Boxing Classic contestant anytime, anywhere.
Bute defeated Magee by way of 10th round knockout in order to preserve his unbeaten status as well as his fine run of kayo victories during his time as the IBF’s World Super Middleweight champion.
Magee began the fight in fine fashion; finding success over Bute with a right jab and his left hook, however, Bute began to find the Northern Irish southpaw’s gameplan predictable, and was able to counter it.
It was a typical body shot from Bute that felled Magee (now 34-4-1, 24ko) in the tenth that forced the referee – Pete Podgorski – to stop the fight.
Prior to the match-up Bute had confessed that his three-fight deal with Showtime (his debut on the broadcaster was against Magee) would be a good opportunity to showcase his skills and hopefully set up a dust-up with a high profile opponent.
“I am ready to go anywhere, whether it’s in New York, Las Vegas, Romania. If he dares to fight me, I’ll face Mikkel Kessler,” he said after the fight, as reported by Boxing Scene.
Magee, meanwhile, was full of praise for the victor, heralding Bute, who rose to 28-0-0, 23ko, a commendable titlist.
“Lucian is a great champion and Kessler is also a great boxer. I think it’s going to make for a great fight.”
Former world champion Kessler was unfazed about the possibility of facing Bute so soon after returning to boxing following an eye injury that forced him to withdraw from the Super Six.
“Yea, why not?” he said cooly when questioned by Showtime about the potential bout. “He can have his hometown; I’ll kick his butt anywhere.”
The Super Six will reach it’s conclusion this year. The penultimate rounds, the competition’s semi-finals, have been scheduled for this summer.
Tournament favourite Andre Ward takes on Arthur Abraham at the Home Depot Centre in Carson, California on May 14, while Carl Froch and late addition Glen Johnson’s fracas is to go ahead a week later on May 21. A venue is yet to be determined.
“I’ve not heard anything definite yet,” Froch explained when probed about the arena and country his bout with Johnson is to be hosted in.
“It’s getting a bit boring to be honest,” he added. “I keep hearing this and that but nothing concrete.
“The only thing I can say for definite is that I will beat Johnson.”
Froch has shown himself to be a rugged contender for the Super Six trophy. In his first fight in the tournament he secured a split decision victory over Andre Dirrell yet lost a unanimous decision to Mikkel Kessler in his second bout.
He bounced back immediately, though, to dispose of Arthur Abraham in a convincing, one-sided display.
Johnson, meanwhile, was a late addition to the party as he replaced the injured Kessler. His semi-final versus Froch, therefore, will be his first outing in the Super Six set-up.