QUOTE (Fitz @ Apr 15 2010, 02:43 AM)
I like Bute and think he is pretty good. He really, really impressed me in his last fight.
That said, I can't say for sure whether he is any better than Ward, Dirrel, Froch and Abraham though from what I seen, I can't say convincingly that he is any worse than those guys either.
I think he is the goods, and once the tournament is done, throw him in with some of those fighters. I really like Bute so far.
Although with Ward's win against Kessler I'd have to put him #1 in the division but personally I think Bute is more impressive on the eye than Ward is. Lucian Bute may have gotten all he could handle at the end of the fight against Andrade in their 1st but it was all erased when he learned & adjusted to put the very solid, durable fighter away in a very impressive performance in the rematch!
As for the Calzaghe comparisons, I don't quite see them as others do! Maybe they got similar hair cuts & both throw a lot of punches LOL.. but that's about it for me?! Bute has shown some really good skills in the ring with some very quick, accurate
, heavy hands that I'd like to see if he could put into use again, against one of the top fighters in the Super 6.
QUOTE (The CEO @ Apr 15 2010, 10:15 PM)
Here's THEIR Super Middle rankings...
1. Lucian Bute
2. Andre Ward
3. Carl Froch
4. Mikkel Kessler
5. Sakio Bika
6. Andre Dirrell
7. Arthur Abraham
8. Allan Green
9. Librado Andrade
10. Robert Stieglitz
By looking at that list, the Super Middleweight division has never gotten the right media attention but has shaped up to be a decent division in the sport.
I think Bute looks good & stops Edison Miranda with combinations this weekend in a beatdown that gets stopped inside of 6 rounds & looks good!