Southpaw former IBF super middleweight beltholder Lucian Bute will try to rebound from his first loss with a bout against unbeaten, Russian-born light heavyweight Denis Grachev on Nov. 3 in Montreal, his promoter, Interbox, announced on Thursday.
Bute (30-1, 24 knockouts) is coming off a fifth-round stoppage loss in May to three-time titlewinner Carl Froch, (29-2-1, 21 KOs), of England, that dethroned him as beltholder before Froch’s hometown fans at Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.
“After several talks with Lucian and head trainer Stephan Larouche, we established a complete list of Lucian’s needs and evaluated each opponent in function with such list,”said InterBox President Jean Bedard said of Bute, who had previously defended his belt nine times, including seven by knockout.
“We stopped looking once we got to Denis Grachev and got the fight signed. Three of his last four opponents were undefeated, and he KO’d two of them. Grachev is the best available boxer that Lucian can fight. I would like to thank Mark Dion, Denis Grachev’s Manager, for agreeing to take this fight. So far the entire Team has been very professional.”
A San Diego resident, Grachev (12-0-1, 8 KOs) is coming off an eighth-round knockout of light heavyweight prospect Ismayl Sillakh (17-1, 14 KOs) in April.
“We chose Grachev for his abilities in the ring,” said Bute’s trainer, Stephan Larouche. “I am convinced that his punching power and inside brawler style will be a good test for Lucian.”
Froch and Bute have vowed to take interim bouts first before facing off in a return bout in March of next year.
“I am very happy that this fight is signed. I can’t wait to see my fans again and to fight in front of them at the Montreal Bell Centre,” said Bute. “This fight will be the first step of my goal to reconquer the IBF super middleweight belt.”
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