On Saturday night Super Middleweight titlist Lucian Bute (27-0) will put his IBF title on the line against Brian Magee (34-3-1) at the Bell Centre in Montreal Canada.
Many believe that this fight is a stepping stone to bigger and better things for Bute, who recently signed a three fight deal with Showtime. The deal was clearly signed so that Bute could fight the winner of the Super Six tournament after its conclusion next year.
Both fighters are south paws and both love to slug it out, if given the chance.
On Tuesday Bute and Magee both took place in a conference call to answers questions.
Magee, who is thirty-five, was very thankful to have the opportunity to fight for the title. This could be his last shot at being considered a top-tier fighter in the division. "One more wall to go, fingers crossed," Magee said.
Magee was referring to his setbacks in his career. Although he has three losses on his record he believes that he won his fight with Vitaliy Tyspko in 2005 which he lost by split decision.
Bute's career, on the other hand, is in much better shape, especially after signing a three fight deal with Showtime. He is considered in some circles the best fighter in the Super Middleweight division and the goal in the future is to have him fight the winner of the Super Six Tournament in which he is not involved. "I can't wait for the Super to finish," Bute said.
"I'm a big fan of boxing...I've watched every (Super Six) fight." Bute would love to finish off Magee on Saturday so he can get a shot at the winner of the Super Six and also so his deal with Showtime is a little more lucrative.
"When I signed my contract with Showtime I knew that big fights were coming up."
You can tell that he is anxious.
"I really thought I could fight Kessler by now", Bute referring to former Super Six participant Mikkel Kessler who had to pull out of the tournament because of an eye injury.
Kessler will be ringside for the fight, but don't expect that to distract Bute, he said that will only give him more confidence against Magee.
If Magee, who is from Ireland, wins the fight he said he plans to lead the St. Patricks parade in Montreal on Sunday.
To close out the call Bute had a message for his fans.
"I'd like to promise my fans here in Montreal that I'll do everything in my power to keep the belt on Saturday night, to have a good performance and to still be the champion as they know me at the end of the night."
Although Bute said he respects Brian Magee a lot he also says "I guarantee you that he's going to be hurt on Saturday night."
This fight will not lack any drama as Magee is a fighter who loves to come forward and Bute is excellent at countering against fighters who are aggressive.
The fight is this Saturday night on Showtime at 10pm EST 7pm PST.
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