Lucian Bute has injured his left hand whilst training for his May 25th clash with countryman Jean Pascal. Bute will have a minor operation to remove bone fragments and should be recovered within a two to three weeks.
The former IBF Super Middleweight champion stated; “I am very disappointed by this injury. I have never been in better shape. My preparation was ahead of schedule until late last week. The fans that paid high ticket prices to see me in action against Pascal deserve to see both boxers at their best. Unfortunately I would be far from my best in my present state. For my own good, I have to take the advice of my doctor and undergo this operation. I feel very sad for the fans,”
Lucian’s trainer Stephan Larouche commented “This situation is heartbreaking. Lucian`s preparation surpassed our objectives and now this injury will prevent him from offering his fans a great performance on May 25th. We are all very disappointed with this turn of events but the decision to go straight to surgery was the only one to be made as he could no longer use his left hand adequately in training. In the past, we made the error of not listening to the signs of distress coming from the body of an athlete. We do not want to make these same mistakes again.”
It is unclear if the full card will now be cancelled or will continue without the main event.