Manny Steward, hall-of-fame trainer who currently coaches RING heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko:
I think that Lucian Bute is going to win. After all, it’s going to be tough to beat him in front of his hometown fans. That’s going to be a big factor. Lucian is a mover who can be very, very elusive, and Glen Johnson doesn’t handle a moving fighter too well.
I think that Lucian will have the momentum, but I don’t see him knocking Glen out. Lucian will stay a step ahead, and being at home, the chances of the closer rounds going to Lucian are greater. I think that this will be the toughest opponent Lucian has faced in a long time, and, probably ever.
I don’t recall Bute fighting another opponent that I would consider as good as Johnson. So I think that Lucian will be pushed to the max, but I think that he will win a decision.