Saturday, November 28th
Librado Andrade vs. Lucian Bute
(IBF Super Middleweight Title)
Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Height: 6‘ 2
Career Achievements: Reigning IBF Super Middleweight Champ (3 defences)
Notable Opposition: James Obede Toney (Win via TKO 8), Sakio Bika (Win via UD 12), Alejandro Berrio (Win via TKO 11), Librado Andrade (Win via UD 12), Fulgencio Zuinga (Win via TKO 4),
Pre-Fight Quote: “It was a small mistake (the ending of the first bout where he was dropped and hurt badly), this time I will be better,
Height: 6′ 2″
Career Achievements: n/a
Notable Opposition: Otis Grant (Win via RTD 7), Mikkel Kessler (Loss via UD 12), Yusaf Mack (Win via TKO 7), Robert Stieglitz (Win via TKO 8), Lucian Bute (Loss via UD 12)
Pre-Fight Quote: “I came there to knock him out and that’s exactly what I did. I got to him and I’ll get to him again.”
Paulie the Sicilian’s Prediction: Bute boxed Andrade’s shorts off for 11 and a half rounds last time before getting knocked loopy. Andrade will be coming in with more confidence and the knowledge that he can hurt Bute…that will be a big factor in keeping this contest a lot closer than the first one.
But, still, Bute can outbox Andrade all night and hold when necessary…and he’ll get the chance to with the Canadian officials.
Bute wins this via closer UD than the first time, but he won’t be in danger at any point.