Former long reigning IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (32-2, 24KOs) is back with a bang, stopping fringe contender Andrea Di Luisa (17-3, 13KOs) in the fourth round of their scheduled ten round matchup on PBConNBCSN.
This was Bute’s first contest back at the Bell Center in Montreal and he looked cold early – a sign of ring-rust maybe due to the injuries incurred after defeats to both Carl Froch and Jean Pascal. But the adopted Canadian soon found an additional gear in the 171-pound catch weight bout in round three, connecting with a left upper cut to the body which had his opponent back pedaling towards the exit doors.
Di Luisa provided nothing with regards to movement, power or speed and was easy pickings for Bute once the Romanian started letting his hands go in round four. A series of clubbing left hooks had the Italian reeling across the ring and down in the fourth, only just regaining his shaky legs before the eight count administered by referee Steve St-Germain.
A little bit of the old Lucian Bute cicra 2012 astonishingly rose to the surface, blasting Di Luisa with five shots before his corner threw in the towel to save their man and end the contest.
Bute speaking after the fight said, “Like I said this week, Lucian Bute has come back. He’s BACK!”
Undefeated light heavyweight Eleider Alvarez (18-0, 10KOs) won a tough ten round unanimous decision against relatively unknown Isidro Prieto (24-1-3, 20KOs).
The first six rounds proved to be a somewhat entertaining contest as Prieto’s high work rate gave Alvarez fits, rocking the 2008 Olympian to his boots at the end of round one with a right hand and doing the same again during round six of the contest – a possible upset?
That was not to be, as Prieto started to tire past the midpoint and Alvarez fitness began to become a factor in the fight, connecting with power shots on the inside and working his man over throughout the championship rounds.
Speaking to PBC afterwards, ALvarez said, “Thank God I got the win, I prepared to go the 12 rounds. I didn’t want to but I was ready for it.”