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Bute Stops Magee, Now Ready For “Super” Super Middleweights

Bute and Magee go toe to toe (pic Tom Casino)
Bute and Magee go toe to toe (pic Tom Casino)

By Jason Pribila: Boxing fans again filled the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to cheer on their adopted son, Lucian Bute, as he stopped Brian Magee on Saturday Night. Bute again impressed in what should be the final tune up before facing the division’s elite. Bute (28-0, 23 KO), universally regarded as the best super middleweight not involved in Showtime’s Super Six tournament, put himself in position to be the prize for the tournament’s last man standing.

Magee, 35, (34-4-1, 24 KO) entered the fight unbeaten in 10 fights since being stopped by current titlist, Carl Froch in 2006. Although he was largely viewed as an “opponent” for Bute, Magee counted on the “Luck of the Irish” to carry him to an upset victory on St. Patrick’s Weekend. Unfortunately for Magee, Bute removed luck from the equation.

The opening two rounds were sluggish, and seemed to sap some of the energy from the raucous crowd that was buzzing as Bute was being announced. The television audience was more entertained between rounds, as guest commentator Mikkel Kessler stated he would be willing to fight in Montreal after the opening stanza. Following round two, the camera focused on a young lady pole dancing a few feet from press row.

Bute controlled the action early by throwing his right jab, and eventually finding success by hooking off that punch. He, however, was unable to accurately land his left early.

“After the fourth round I realized that the body shots were working”, Bute explained in the ring following the fight. “The trainer told me to try more to the body, and that is how I did it.”

The success Bute found to the body eventually allowed him to throw combinations in the middle rounds. Magee, running out of options, soon found himself on the canvas after taking a left to his mid-section.
In round seven Magee actually benefited from some tough luck. Another perfect body shot from Bute caused a reaction from Magee that fooled the referee into ruling it a low blow. The incorrect call would have allowed Magee five minutes to catch his breath, but he chose to fight. When he rushed in, Bute dropped him again with a body shot for his effort.

Magee fought bravely despite clearly being outgunned. In round eight, he attempted to land something that could turn the tide in his favor, but Bute took advantage by continuing to punish his foe’s open midsection.
Bute was in complete control when he landed his trademark left uppercut on Magee’s jaw. This time when he went to the canvas, referee Pete Podgorski did not bother to count. The bout was waved off at the 2:04 mark of round ten.

With Magee officially behind him, Bute addressed the possibility of facing the man who watched him fight from ringside.

“If (Kessler) is well enough to fight, yes, I will fight anybody.”
Minutes later Kessler was again given the opportunity to state his desire to face Bute next.

“I’m more than ready”, Kessler said. “When you sit down here as a commentator, I would rather be fighting.”

The smiling Kessler again confirmed his willingness to fight in Montreal, “He could have his hometown. I will kick his ass anyway.”

Jason Pribila is a full member of the Boxiing Writers Association of America. He could be reached for questions or comments at, or followed on

March 19, 2011
Magee drops to the floor  pic Tom Casino
Magee drops to the floor pic Tom Casino
Bute and Magee on more friendly terms
Bute and Magee on more friendly terms

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