Courtesy of Bad Left Hook.com:
Lucian Bute got a test from a very game, very tough opponent tonight, but largely dominated his fight against Belfast’s Brian Magee, winning by TKO at 2:04 of round ten on a left hand uppercut.
Bute (28-0, 23 KO) did some great work to the body and in the latter stages of the fight, really dominated with his accurate, hard punching. But Magee (34-4, 24 KO) deserves credit for showing up ready to fight. As I expected, the former European champ was as game as it was going to get, giving Bute some tough looks early and roughing up the hometown fighter in Montreal early on with some good inside work.
But it was Bute who made the necessary adjustments and just had a lot more offensively than did Magee. Bute said that Magee was tougher than he expected, and to me, while Bute may not gain a significant amount of stature for this win, I think Magee has to be counted as a good win. He’s a double tough guy who didn’t back off the whole way, went down three times ruled (four times in reality), and just kept coming. Bute said he realized after four rounds that his body shots were the key, and he stuck with the strategy. Still, it was an uppercut to the head that finished off Magee, as the referee made a quick decision to wave off what had become an increasingly one-sided fight.