Boxing Preview – James DeGale vs Lucian Bute

Boxing Preview – James DeGale vs Lucian Bute

Boxing Preview – James DeGale vs Lucian Bute

Following the events of the heavyweight clash in Germany, we make the trip across the pond to the Great White North. Quebec in Canada will play host to a PBC showcase this Saturday evening. Up for grabs will be the IBF World super middleweight championship. Lucian Bute will be eager to get his career back on track as he seeks to take the championship from the shrewd hands of James DeGale.

Lucian Bute has fought the best super middleweights in the world, however we believe James DeGale is in the prime of his career and will get the dominant decision victory in this bout. We’re picking James DeGale to win by decision at odds of 6/4. Get a 100% deposit bonus when you click here or the banner below!

Despite only competing in one fight this year, the successes of British Boxing in 2015 might be underlined by James DeGale’s victory in May 2015 where he earned the belt he defends tonight for the first time. He beat Andre Dirrell convincingly after knocking him down twice in one round. The win was a deserved one for DeGale who has been putting the work in following his loss to George Groves in 2011. Before Dirrell, he spectacularly stopped Brandon Gonzales in the fourth round in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium in May 2014. He then was the first person to stop the tough Mexican, Marco Antonio Periban, stopping him in the 11th round in November 2014. DeGale has amassed a record 21 wins, 14 stoppages and 1 loss.

DeGale is a very deadly puncher. He combines his hand speed, which is particularly some of the fastest in the super middleweights, with a good balance of power in both hands. Because of his glittering amateur career where he won an Olympic medal, he is also a very suave ring technician. DeGale has seemingly struggled when he has been controlled by his opponent in pace and tempo. Bute who is very rugged is notorious for slowing a fight down and DeGale might get frustrated at that.

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The Romanian southpaw fighting out of Quebec, Lucian Bute, was tipped as one of the most dangerous up-and-coming super middleweights after a string of deadly stoppage victories. This was until 2012 when Bute got Froch’s, knocked out in the fifth round. His career has somewhat fizzled since then. He bounced back from his loss against Froch with a unanimous decision victory against Denis Grachev in November 2012. He then took a break of over a year and returned in January 2014, getting soundly beat over twelve rounds by Jean Pascal. What followed was another break of a year and seven months. He beat down Andrea Di Luisa in four rounds in August 2015. Bute’s record stands at 32 wins, 25 stoppages and 2 losses.

Bute’s obvious strength is his power punching. His solid ring movement and awareness allows him to manoeuvre in to a prime position so he can let go of his destructive punches. Offensively, he’s very aggressive because of his southpaw stance which also makes it tricky to expose him while on defence. Since getting beat down by Froch, Bute looked very gun-shy, particularly against Grachev and Pascal. He lost some confidence. There’s also some doubt over his ring shape seeing as he’s only fought once in the last 23 months.

To me, this card has been put in place for PBC to showcase the immense talent that James DeGale has developed since the loss to George Groves. Bute, although once good, hasn’t been the same offensive dynamo since Carl Froch stopped him. What you can guarantee in a Lucian Bute fight is that he’ll drag it down into a slow and rugged brawl. Fortunately, DeGale has really toughened up. As long as Bute avoids stoppage from an early onslaught, seeing as DeGale is a fantastic starter, I think Bute will slow down the pace but look very unimpressive whilst doing it. Meanwhile, DeGale will slickly box his way to win the rounds and I think James DeGale wins in dominant fashion by a unanimous decision.

Dan Glozier.

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