Lucian Bute, Vitali Klitschko Set To Defend Titles This Weekend

First LastCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2011

Two undefeated records will be on the line on March 19, but they will be in separate bouts 3400 miles apart.

At the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, IBF Super-Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KO) will be defending his title and undefeated record against Brian Magee (34-3, 24 KO).

Also, WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KO) will be taking on the sixth undefeated opponent of his professional career, Odlanier Solis (17-0, 12 KO). The match will take place in Cologne, Germany.

Since returning in 2008 from a four-year absence from the sport, Klitschko has defeated all six of his opponents, including wins over undefeated fighters Chris Arreola and Kevin Johnson.

Other victories include stoppage wins over Samuel Peter, Juan Carlos Gomez and Albert Sosnowski as well as his most recent bout, a twelve-round dominant decision over Shannon Briggs.

Solis is coming off a WBC title eliminator match versus Ray Austin. It was a close fight until Austin was disqualified for hitting Solis after the bell in the 10th round. Solis also has a second-round knockout win over Monte Barrett in 2009.

As a six to one underdog, a victory for the 30-year-old from Cuba would be nothing short of startling to boxing fans. Klitschko has been as dominant as any other boxer in the sport, and he has the punch stats to support it. In four of his last six bouts tracked by CompuBox, Klitschko outlanded his opponents 1170 to 297 in total punches.

With knockout percentages well over 80 percent, Klitschko and Bute know how to finish their opponents. Some argue it’s the lack of competition, but they are undeniably getting fans excited for the bigger fights.

Bute has finished six of his last seven opponents. His most notable knockout victories came against Librado Andrade and Edison Miranda.

His most current win is over Jesse Brinkley in October. He knocked him out in the ninth round.

His opponent, Magee, is fighting out of the United Kingdom and hasn’t been defeated since losing to WBC Super-Middleweight champion Carl Froch. He has gone 9-0-1 since that 2006 fight.

Bute is ranked No. 2 in the division by Ring Magazine. Andre Ward is the only fighter to be ranked above him. Future fights with Super Six middleweight participants are going to be in the scope of the 31-year-old as his reputation throughout Canada and the U.S. grows even larger.

A fight between him and the winner of the May rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal could be the biggest fight of the year and one of the biggest matches in Canada since Sugar Ray Leonard fought Roberto Duran in 1980.

March continues to be one of the best months in boxing in a long time, with two very good matches featuring two of the best boxers in the sport today.

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