Bute vs Grachev
Lucian Bute (30-1-0, 24 KOs) will face Russia's Denis Grachev (12-0-1, 8 KOs)
Fight Date: Saturday, November 3 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
"After talking several times with Lucian and Stephan and established a complete list of Lucian needs, we stopped our choice on Denis Grachev. Three of the last four opponents were undefeated. He knockout two of them. This is the best boxer available Lucian may face, "said President and Chief Executive Officer of the Group Sportscene Inc.., Jean Bédard.
In his last fight in April, the Russian, now living in San Diego, California, attracted attention in the world of boxing by defeating one of the top prospects in the heavyweight, Ismayl Sillakh by KO in the 8th round.
"We chose him for his skill in the ring. I am confident that with his firepower and his feisty go-getter style, it will be a good test for Lucian, "said the coach of Lucian, Stéphan Larouche.
"I am very happy that this fight is signed, said Lucian Bute. I can not wait to see my fans and to fight in front of them at the Bell Centre in Montreal. This fight is the first step in regaining my IBF super middleweight belt. "
For the occasion, the two boxers will compete for the title NABF heavyweight. "This is the first professional title that I won in my career, "said the Canadian of Romanian origin.
Although the fight is set at 170 pounds, Lucian Bute remains in the super middleweight (168 lbs).