Lucian Bute vs Eleider Alvarez
BY KID HERSH
From Quebec City, Canada, came a highly anticipated matchup between a previous champion and aspiring one. The questions surrounding this matchup are if Lucian Bute (32-3-1, 25KO's) can still fight at the top of sport at 36 years old and if Eleider Alvarez (21-0, 10KO's) can step up his game to the next level against a former champion that has not shown he is completely past it just yet.
Both men were having trouble finding the proper range in the first round until near the end of it Alvarez found a home for a few straight right hands. The second round was nearly a carbon copy of the first, but it was in the third round that the fight noticeably changed as Alvarez came out far more aggressive and landed a left hook to the chin early in the round that buckled Butes legs. He shook it off but by the end of the third was on the receiving end of more heavy punches from Alvarez that had him bleeding from the nose. Bute got more aggressive in the fourth round, pressing Alvarez back to the ropes and unloading combinations with his trademark fast hands. None of the punches had real pop on them though, they were scoring at times but looking more like for show than damage. Alvarez, meanwhile, was picking his spots to land harder more telling punches. It all mounted to the fifth round round Bute was circling the technically wrong way and got nailed by a right cross with his hands down. He was down, hurt badly, and managed to make it up to beat the count but his legs were completely gone and so the fight was waved off. This is a huge statement win for Alvarez.