After two years of inactivity, Lucian Bute has decided to officially end his career.
The Romanian-born boxer made the announcement on Wednesday at La Cage – Brasserie Sportive, the chain of restaurants to which he had long been associated when he was part of Jean Bédard’s InterBox team.
Bute retired with a record of 32 wins, including 25 by KO, against only five losses. His last fight was in February 2017, a defeat by KO. against Eleider Alvarez.
It is safe to say that the 39-year-old pugilist had a career in two stages. He first won 30 consecutive victories, sweeping the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-middleweight title by unanimous decision against Alejandro Berio in a boosted Bell Center on October 19, 2007.
He then defended his belt nine times, but against Englishman Carl Froch, he knew his Waterloo.
In this duel delivered to the aspirant in Manchester, Bute is not the shadow of himself and he passes the KO. in the fifth round. He will not be the same afterwards.
When he was back in the ring some six months later, he signed a victory by unanimous decision against Denis Grachev who left everyone on his appetite.
There followed a pause of 13 months before a fight against Jean Pascal who electrifies the entire scene of boxing in Quebec. But Pascal then faces a Bute who is not entirely mentally put off this defeat against Froch, and he gets a one-sided decision.
After a win against Andrea Di Luisa, Bute seems to be reborn and delivers his two best fights for a long time.
He loses a unanimous decision against Britain’s James DeGale in November 2015 for the IBF super-middleweight belt after an inspirational performance, before delivering a draw against Badou Jack in April 2016 for the 168 title. World Boxing Council (WBC) books.
Bute, however, fails an anti-doping test and this null verdict is turned into disqualification. After serving a six-month suspension, he returned to the ring one last time, in the role of foal of the young wolf Alvarez.