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QUEBEC CITY — Rumors of Lucian Bute’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Before his hometown fans, Bute delivered a spirited losing effort against Jame DeGale, who overcame deep bruising and bloody cuts to take a hard-fought unanimous decision.

DeGale delivered on his promise to start fast by testing Bute’s chin with straight lefts and rights hooks. The challenger responded with his patented punch, the southpaw left uppercut to the body, to keep DeGale honest and at times backpedaling. Errant butts also opened cuts around both DeGale’s eyes.

The scoring difference would be the consistency and variety of DeGale’s offense. The champion used nimble footwork to go in and out with debilitating shots and hooks upstairs. This limited Bute’s responses to isolated pockets when DeGale took breathers on the ropes.

The last two rounds featured dramatic back and forth action with the crowd pushing Bute through DeGale’s thunderous body shots.

The final scorecards were unanimous for DeGale (117-111 twice and 116-112). DeGale is now targeting a unification matchup with WBC titlist Badou Jack for April or May.

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Photo Credit: Amanda Westcott/Showtime

QUEBEC CITY — IBF super middleweight titlist James DeGale and former title holder Lucian Bute hit weight for their clash on Saturday’s edition of Showtime Championship Boxing. The bout is DeGale’s first defense of the vacant title he won in April against Andre Dirrell. Bute¬†ended a year-plus sabbatical with a fourth round TKO over Andrea Di Luisa in August.

PREDICTION: DeGale is catching the 35 year old Bute on the downside of his career. Although still a capable fighter against B-level opposition, he’s shown tentativeness against elite fighters since getting dispatched in five rounds by Carl Froch back in 2012.

DeGale is a fast starter who throws quick and strong combinations (especially when inside). Bute probably never comes out his shell in this one and gets dominated. 1-2 more fights would have served him well before taking this challenge. DEGALE TKO5.

Also appearing on the card will be a WBC title eliminator in Eleider Alvarez (174.73 lbs) taking on Isaac Chilemba (173.5 lbs). On Sho Extreme starting at 9 p.m. ET, Amir Imam (139.5 lbs) takes on Adrian Granado (139.5 lbs), and Oscar Rivas (240.75 lbs) versus Joey Abell (236.5) in a heavyweight bout.

 

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Photo Credit: Amanda Kwok/PBC on CBS

QUEBEC¬†CITY, CANADA¬†— WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson held his final public workout yesterday at the Place Fleur de Lys mall in Quebec City. The two-hour¬†session was handled by Stevenson’s trainer Javan “Sugar” Hill. Stevenson is viewed as big favorite this Saturday at Pepsi Coliseum when he makes first defense of the year against former super middleweight titlist¬†Sakio¬†Bika, who’ll be making his debut at light-heavyweight.

The fight will air on April 4 on CBS at 3 p.m. ET. The co-main event features Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs) against Gabriel Campillo (25-6-1, 12 KOs).

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QUEBEC CITY, Canada — 2014 wasn’t the year most envisioned for lineal light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson. Last night, the WBC title-holder finished the year 2-0 courtesy of last night’s domination and fifth round knockout of Dmitry Sukhotsky. And while Stevenson had an easy time of it, the other name fighters on the card had scares to varying degrees before securing their wins.

STEVENSON WINS AND DEFERS FUTURE TO HAYMON: There was never any doubt that Stevenson would emerge victorious. Sukhotsky had never faced a fighter of Stevenson’s caliber and it showed from the beginning. The action was sparse until Stevenson picked up the pace following a quick knockdown in the second. From there, his lethal left cross appeared to have a magnet with Sukhotsky’s cranium. The damage reached its apex in the fifth with Stevenson scoring three knockdowns that put an end to the beatdown.

With 2014 essentially being a wasted year for Black Superman, you would think he’d be more forceful in calling out fighters to face in the new year. Instead, Stevenson¬†boasted that guys like Kovalev need to “come to him,” being that he’s the “big champion” of the division. In addition, he stressed that he’s letting advisor Al Haymon pick his future opponents.

In 2014, Haymon’s direction has caused Stevenson to miss out on lucrative fights against Bernard Hopkins, Jean Pascal and Sergey Kovalev. In an ultimate twist of irony, by March Kovalev will have faced both Hopkins and Pascal.

Maybe Stevenson is using the Mayweather strategy of letting all the top guys fight each other and then swoop in to face the #1 guy who emerges.¬†But as of right now, Stevenson’s track record in 2014 is proof positive that simply being the lineal champ doesn’t make you “the man” of the division.

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BETERBIEV TAKES CHARGE: With all the hype building around Artur Beterbiev since his destruction of Tavoris Cloud, many have forgotten the 29-year-old only has seven professional fights. He made the cardinal mistake last night of underestimating his opponent Jeff Page and paid for it in the opening round by suffering a flash knockdown. Admitting the knockdown woke him up, Beterbiev went on a tear in the second round. He bulldozed Page with two knockdowns, the first off a straight right and second a left hook, to force a TKO stoppage.

Beterbiev is showing he’s a force to be reckoned with, but I’d like to see him get in 2-3 more fights against Top 20-25 opposition before we hear any talk about a title shot.

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JOJO DAN EARNS ANOTHER SD OVER KEVIN BIZIER: The most competitive bout of the quadruple-header was the rematch between Jojo Dan and Kevin Bizier. Both guys laid heavy leather on each other throughout. What gave Dan the edge on the scorecards was a knockdown off a counter left hook, giving him the nod via scores of 115-112, 114-113 and 113-114.

The win now makes Dan the #1 contender for Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight title. Since Brook is trying to get Amir Khan in the ring, I’m sure the prospect of facing Dan isn’t high on his list. However, Brook has been inactive since his breakout title win over Shawn Porter over the summer. He needs to build back some momentum, and a credible win over his #1 contender in Dan would be a much-needed boost. Even more incentive is Dan’s propensity to brawl would play right into the hard-punching Brook’s hands.

DIRRELL WINS ELIMINATOR OVER EDWARDS: Getting stung in the 12th round was the only blemish on Andre Dirrell’s unanimous decision win over Derek Edwards (120-108, 119-109, 119-107).

Dirrell elected to fight the entire bout southpaw and still handled Edwards with relative ease. Chis Byrd was on corner duty for Dirrell¬†and spent most of the later rounds urging his charge to push for a KO. Dirrell did succeed in stinging Edwards badly with left hands, but he never went all out for a KO. Afterward, it was revealed that Dirrell¬†injured his left hand. Although he¬†denied this had any bearing on the fight’s outcome, it’s possible this was the motivating factor for Dirrell’s¬†southpaw strategy.

Edwards did make sure that Dirrell didn’t leave completely unscathed by rocking him with a right hand in the closing minutes of the 12th. Dirrell¬†wisely held to prevent Edwards from replicating his upset KO over Badou Jack from earlier this year.

Dirrell is now the #2 contender for Carl Froch’s IBF super middlweight title. Since Froch is focused on facing a big name in Las Vegas (Chavez, GGG), Dirrell will likely have to settle for facing the #1 contender in James DeGale. Count me in for that potential matchup.

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Photo Credit: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME

QUEBEC¬†CITY, CANADA¬†— Showtime is airing a special Friday night (December 19) of championship boxing with WBC champion Adonis Stevenson taking on Dmitry¬†Sukhotskiy, Andre Dirrell¬†facing upset-minded Derek Edwards, a rematch between¬†Jo Jo¬†Dan and Kevin Bizier, and¬†hot prospect Artur Beterbiev battling Jeff Page Jr.

All fighters were on weight and the card airs at 9 p.m. ET.

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Adonis Stevenson – 174.5

Dmitry Sukhotskiy Р173.5

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Jo Jo Dan – 146 ¬ĺ

Kevin Bizier – 146 ¬ĺ

 

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Andre Dirrell – 167 ¬ĺ

Derek Edwards Р167  

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Artur Beterbiev – 174.5

Jeff Page Jr. – 174 ¬ľ Pounds

HBO Boxing After Dark Weigh-In: Adonis Stevenson vs Tony Bellew

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC — Yesterday’s weigh-in for HBO’s light-heavyweight championship double-header is in the books with all four fighters make weight without difficulty. Below are pictures from the weigh-in along with predictions on what should be an explosive night of combat at the¬†Colis√©e Pepsi. The card airs tonight at 10:15 p.m.

 

HBO Boxing After Dark Weigh-In: Adonis Stevenson vs Tony Bellew

TONY BELLEW: 175 LBS.

HBO Boxing After Dark Weigh-In: Adonis Stevenson vs Tony Bellew

ADONIS STEVENSON: 174.4 LBS.

PREDICTION: If an upset happens, it’ll likely be in this fight. Bellew is coming in as the challenger but doesn’t view himself in that light from his statements over the last few weeks. Bellew has been adamant that he’ll not only bring the fight to Stevenson, but he’ll overwhelm him and score multiple knockdowns in the process.

Bellew has the skills to do it. He has solid power and works the body well, particularly when he’s able to get inside. Like the champion Stevenson, Bellew doesn’t shy away from exchanges. The deciding factors tonight will likely be two things: speed and power. Although both Bellew and Stevenson can be caught due to their tendency at times to throw wide, looping shots, Stevenson has the faster hands plus more power. When it comes down to who’ll land first (and harder), more often than not it’ll be Stevenson. Bellew will be bringing the fight and possibly might be ahead when it happens, but eventually his aggression will work against him with Bellew running into a big left hand and getting dropped. STEVENSON TKO7 BELLEW

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HBO Boxing After Dark Weigh-In: Adonis Stevenson vs Tony Bellew

ISMAYL SILLAKH: 174.4 LBS

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SERGEY KOVALEV: 174.6

PREDICTION: Sillakh has been MIA on American TV since his shocking TKO upset loss to Denis Grachev back in April 2012. While his stock as the “most feared man in the light-heavyweight division” plummeted, WBO titlist Sergey Kovalev essentially slid right into that spot courtesy of his KO wins over Gabriel Campillo, Cornelius White and Nathan Cleverly. That rep got further solidified by Adonis Stevenson, who’s made it clear that he doesn’t fancy facing Kovalev anytime soon.

With his length and punching power, Sillakh can make this fight interesting if he can somehow get Kovalev’s respect early. In addition, Sillakh has decent speed and is adept at countering. Kovalev starts extremely fast (having not gone past 4 rounds in the last 2 years), so he’ll be putting heavy pressure on Sillakh early on. And considering the issues with Sillakh’s chin, I don’t think his defense nor durability will be enough to withstand the Krusher’s offense. KOVALEV TKO4 SILLAKH

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The light-heavyweight division will once again take center stage on HBO with the confirmation of a November 30 championship double-header featuring Adonis Stevenson vs. Tony Bellew and Sergey Kovalev vs. Ismayl Sillakh.

Stevenson has had a breakout 2013, having picked up the WBC light-heavyweight crown in a one-round blowout of Chad Dawson in June, and dominating Tavoris Cloud to a seventh round corner stoppage last month. The November 30 date will mark his third HBO appearance in five months. Bellew, who earned his shot with back to back wins over Isaac Chilemba in March and May, will be making his first U.S. and HBO appearance.

Sergey Kovalev is making the first defense of the WBO light-heavyweight strap that he lifted via a fourth TKO of previously undefeated Nathan Cleverly in August. Considered by many the most feared puncher in the division, Kovalev will be facing a fighter in Ismayl Sillakh who was held in similar regard until an upset TKO loss to Denis Grachev lst year. Since that defeat, Sillakh was won four straight with three coming via stoppages in six rounds or less.

The card will take place at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City and airing in the U.S. as a HBO “Boxing After Dark” card at 10:15 p.m.

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HBO is not playing about their “Epic Fall Boxing Schedule” tagline. Obviously, the goal is a unification matchup between Stevenson and Kovalev. What’s intriguing is that the two champs aren’t being given easy “setup” fights so they can look good heading into 2014. Bellew¬†and Sillakh¬†are tough challengers to the point upsets are not out of the question. Bellew¬†proved his toughness and ability to adjust in the Chilemba¬†bouts, and Sillakh¬†has the technical boxing skill, not to the mention the range and power, to give Kovalev looks he hasn’t seen before.

Kudos to HBO for making this happen and really investing in the 175 pound division. Their work over the last few months has made Hopkins’ IBF¬†title defense against Karo Murat seem like an afterthought.