Lucian Bute retains the IBF super-middleweight championship.

Francois GendronSenior Writer IFebruary 29, 2008

Tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, around 14,000 boxing fans were present for the fight between Lucian Bute (22-0-0 18 KOs) who was defending his IBF Super-Middleweight Title against William Joppy (39-5-1, 30 KOs), a veteran fighter in his 15th world championship bout in career.

The champion was well prepared for the fight and never gave the challenger a chance.

Bute clearly won every round with meticulous offensive work and a sound defense. Joppy was only able to hit the champion with solid punches a couple of times, but most of the time, Bute was delivering the shots to the head at a regular pace.

As the fight went on, the champion continued to increase his pace while his 37-year-old opponent had to work very hard to register a single punch on target.

The crowd roared and jumped on its feet at the end of the ninth round when the champion sent Joppy to the canvas with a barrage of shots.

Bute ended the fight during the 10th round with another flurry. The challenger went to the canvas twice during the round, with the second time being enough for Joppy, who signaled to referee Marlon B. Wright that he had enough. The referee stopped the bout, giving the TKO victory to Bute.

Bute keeps his immaculate pro record with his 22nd victory while Joppy suffers his fifth loss. This is only the second time in Joppy’s career he’s been knocked out.