Who wins the battle of fragile psyches between Badou Jack and left-handed former titleholder Lucian Bute?
Badou Jack and Lucian Bute share an unpleasant commonality entering Saturday’s 168-pound championship clash: Each man is four fights removed from a devastating, almost career-derailing knockout loss.
Lucian Bute dictated a toe-to-toe clash with switch-hitting, 168-pound rival James DeGale in November, often pursuing the Englishman to the ropes and pounding away at his head and body.
A bleary-eyed Badou Jack showed up for a recent workout at promoter Floyd Mayweather’s Las Vegas-based boxing gym claiming to have gotten no more than two hours of sleep in the previous 24.
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.