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Lucian Bute turned 31 in 2011. In less than two months, he will be 32. The Canadian boxer has a pretty impressive record with 30 wins in as many fights.
In 2011, he went 3-0, but it was still a big disappointment for boxing fans. Bute is the IBF super-middleweight title-holder since 2007. He has then successfully defeated nine challengers.
However, Bute’s team kept sending him in the ring against mediocre opposition. He started the year by facing Brian Magee, a 36-year-old boxer who didn’t fight in America in over 10 years. Magee had faced below-average opposition and lost every important fight in his career.
Bute then followed that by facing a 38-year-old Jean Paul Mendy, a boxer who won his only significant win by disqualification.
Bute ended the year by facing 43-year-old Glen Johnson, a fighter who went 19-15-2 since 1997 and has a 17-15-2 record against boxers with a .500 or better record.
In conclusion, Bute fought fighters with an average age of 39-years-old in 2011. He went 3-0 against old and unproven fighters. When will he fight elite fighters such as Carl Froch, Tavoris Cloud, Andre Ward or Andre Dirrell? His team says that those fights will come in 2012. Isn’t it about time?
Heck, I can hardly find a picture of him on Getty Images. Isn't it a sign that he is an unknown champion? I believe that the Canadian boxing fans have been cheated enough!