Lucian Bute stopped Brian Magee with a left uppercut to the jaw at 2:04 of the 10th round Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Bute (29-0, 24 knockouts) scored three official knockdowns and one more that was erroneously ruled a low blow, the first three by painful lefts to the body that seemed to wear the tough Irishman down and set up the knockout punch.
Magee (34-4-1, 24 KOs) was more formidable than many excpected him to be, boxing well and landing his share of punches.
However, the Romanian-born Canadian controlled the fight from the early rounds on with an effective right hook and the killer body shots, which have become Bute’s most-devastating weapons.
Magee, obviously in tremendous shape, absorbed a great deal of punishment without giving up but couldn’t survivve the uppercut. He was on all fours when the referee waved off the fight.
Bute was making the seventh defense of his super middleweight title.
Magee, who went down in the eighth and ninth rounds, was fighting for a major title for the first time.