How do you make up for a wasted year—and then some? By wasting the other dude in the ring with the kind of sweat-spraying left hands that make eyes black and opponents blue.
His nickname is “Le Tombeur,” which in French means “The Heartthrob.” There are worse nicknames to be saddled with. Right, Chuck “The Bayonne Bleeder” Wepner? For Lucian Bute, the native Romanian who now makes his home in Montreal, it’s three fights in Canada that set his heart aflutter for his Greatest Hits.
Former 168-pound champion Lucian Bute and his new trainer, Howard Grant, have an adversarial history.
Lucian Bute was once 30-0 and considered the best 168-pound world champion not named Andre Ward or Carl Froch until being derailed by a devastating fifth-round knockout from the latter in May 2012.