Lucian Bute will defend his IBF title in Montreal.
Montreal's own, Lucian Bute (21-0-0 17 KOs), the IBF super middleweight champion will defend his newly won title for the first time on february 29th at the Bell centre in Montreal. For the occasion he will face William Joppy (39-4-1 30 KOs), an experienced opponent.
William Joppy, 37 years old, is a former 3-time WBA super-middleweight champion and is most probably fighting for a world title for the last time in his career. He will need every bit of his ring experience to defeat Lucian Bute and bring home the IBF title.
William Joppy faced great opposition during his career. Among his few career losses, one came to the hands of Felix Trinidad in 2001 and another loss was registered to Bernard Hopkins in 2003. Those two opponents are boxing legends themselves.
Lucian Bute has yet to suffer a loss with the pros. His knockout ratio is excellent as only four of his opponents were able to finish their encounter with him. But Joppy surely represents a threat for his title. The former champion's record clearly reveals his capacity to win a fight by KO.
The fight is full of promises and once again the Interbox organization made an excellent choice of opponent for Lucian Bute. Should he retain his title, the experience of fighting a former world champion will be very good for Bute's evolution as a fighter.
The Bell centre will once again be filled to capacity and the crowd will attend to a great spectacle on february 29th.
(Picture: Lucian Bute, Canadian Press.)