Bute faces Grachev in a dangerous fight tonight

Lucian Bute - By Michael Collins: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-1, 24 KO's) will be trying to pump some life into his career tonight in moving up to 175 to challenge NABF light heavyweight champion Denis Grachev (12-0-1, 8 KO's) in a very dangerous fight for the soft-chinned 32-year-old Bute at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Bute was blasted into oblivion in his last fight against Carl Froch in Nottingham last May, and Grachev can punch with the same kind of power that Froch has.By Michael Collins: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-1, 24 KO’s) will be trying to pump some life into his career tonight in moving up to 175 to challenge NABF light heavyweight champion Denis Grachev (12-0-1, 8 KO’s) in a very dangerous fight for the soft-chinned 32-year-old Bute at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Bute was blasted into oblivion in his last fight against Carl Froch in Nottingham last May, and Grachev can punch with the same kind of power that Froch has.

Grachev is about as fast as Froch, but not quite as tall. Bute wants to fight Froch in a rematch next March in Montreal, but he’s got to get past Grachev in order to get to that fight. If Bute can’t beat Grachev then the big money fight against Froch will go down the drain along with it.

Bute has figured out what he did wrong in the loss to Froch and he doesn’t plan on making the same kind of mistakes against Grachev tonight. Specifically what Bute has to avoid is backing up agaisnt the ropes and just standing in one place trying to look one big shot. It’s no secret that Bute has been matched softly for the past six years and it’s caused him to develop up a lot of bad habits like looking to load up on single punches instead of throwing combinations like he once did early in his career.

Bute kind of fell in love with his power in the last couple of years after scoring a number of knockouts from single shots. When Bute tried this with Froch, he found it not working and he ended up getting beat up in that fight. It’s pretty obvious what Bute needed to do in order to beat Froch by using movement, but Bute chose to stand in one place and he paid the price for it.

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Bute faces Grachev on Saturday

Lucian Bute - By Michael Collins: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-1, 24 KO's) will be moving up in weight for his fight on Saturday night to challenge NABF light heavyweight champion Denis Grachev (12-0-1, 8 KO's) for his title at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada. It's risky and some say foolhardy thing for the 32-year-old Bute to be doing considering that he was destroyed in his last fight by Carl Froch in five rounds last May in Nottingham.By Michael Collins: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-1, 24 KO’s) will be moving up in weight for his fight on Saturday night to challenge NABF light heavyweight champion Denis Grachev (12-0-1, 8 KO’s) for his title at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada. It’s risky and some say foolhardy thing for the 32-year-old Bute to be doing considering that he was destroyed in his last fight by Carl Froch in five rounds last May in Nottingham.

Moving up in weight to face an even bigger puncher than Froch is like asking for trouble. However, might not be a bad idea for Bute to be testing the waters in the light heavyweight division so that he has an escape route should he lose to Froch in their planned rematch next year in March in Montreal. If Bute loses to Froch for a second time than there would be few options for Bute at 168, and it might be a good idea for him to move up in weight and pronto if he wants to find success in the remainder of what time he has left in his career.

Beating Grachev is going to be like working with an explosive that can go off at any time, because this guy just finished destroying a very good fighter in Ismayl Sillakh last April, and that was no easy task to beat a guy like that. Sillakh is a fine fighter and probably good enough to beat most of the opposition at 168 if he were to move down in weight to fight in that division.

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Carl Froch Eyes Fights With Mack, Bute, Kessler, And Then Possible Retirement – If “The Cobra” Goes 3-0 From Here, Will He Be Hall Of Fame-Worthy?

Lucian Bute - By James Slater: British warrior and reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-middleweight Carl Froch has not in any way said he will definitely retire after his planned rematches with Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler, but the 35-year-old will not be around forever and “The Cobra” has hinted that he would look at going out, on top, if he were to avenge his loss to Kessler next year, after having first taken care of next challenger Yusaf Mack and then, in a contractually-bound return, Bute.By James Slater: British warrior and reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-middleweight Carl Froch has not in any way said he will definitely retire after his planned rematches with Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler, but the 35-year-old will not be around forever and “The Cobra” has hinted that he would look at going out, on top, if he were to avenge his loss to Kessler next year, after having first taken care of next challenger Yusaf Mack and then, in a contractually-bound return, Bute.

Froch, who says he will not neglect serious training duties for the Nov. 17th defence against former light-heavyweight title challenger Mack, said in an interview with The Sun that a 2013 hometown win over Kessler would be “the pinnacle for me,” and that to finish his career in such a way would be “unbelievable.”

If this is the way Froch goes out, with three more bouts (which he of course feels would be wins) and then retirement at age 36 or 37, would the Nottingham man be Hall of Fame worthy should he quit with a 32-2 record?

Let’s look at Froch’s list of achievements:

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