42-year-old Glen Johnson is back on the big stage tonight in Quebec City, as he'll face reigning IBF super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute. The fight is available on TV in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, so that covers most of our readership.
Bad Left Hook will have live coverage of this show tonight.
Fight time: 9:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Pepsi Coliseum - Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
TV channel: Showtime (United States), BoxNation (United Kingdom), Bell PPV (Canada, $59.95)
Odds: Bute is a very, VERY wide favorite, which may surprise some. The Romanian-born star has odds of -1000 (Bodog) and -1300 (5Dimes, SBG Global). Johnson is +600 at Bodog, and +850 on the other two books.
Preview: I took a look at the fight earlier this morning. I feel it will be much closer than those odds might suggest.
Televised Undercard (United States)
I don't know how much extra the shows will have in the U.K. or Canada, but the only televised fight on the Showtime broadcast is a 140-pound matchup between Pier Olivier Cote (17-0, 11 KO) and Jorge Luis Teron (25-2-1, 17 KO). It's a good fight for both, and a welcome addition to the card. Cote is a legit prospect, but Teron will have a serious height advantage, as he's a six-foot tall junior welterweight.
After the jump: More undercard fights, including Steve Molitor and Allan Green in action.
There are some familiar names elsewhere on the show, too.
Former 122-pound titlist Steve Molitor (33-2, 12 KO) looks to bounce back from his upset loss to Takalani Ndlovu in March, facing Sebastien Gauthier (21-2, 13 KO). Gauthier, 29, isn't really a world class operator, but Molitor has been very inconsistent in his performances, even when winning, over the last few years. The 31-year-old "Canadian Kid" seems like a candidate for a flameout, in my view. I do expect Molitor to win tonight, but I also expected he'd beat Ndlovu, and I didn't expect he'd have quite as much trouble as he did in his last win against Jason Booth in September 2010.
Allan Green! He's here, too. Green (30-3, 21 KO) is on the card tonight, taking on another Quebecois vet, Sebastien Demers (31-4, 11 KO). Demers has been competing at super middleweight, where Green had been previously, as well, but Green weighed in at 173 pounds for this one, which had a contracted weight of 170. In Green's last outing, a quiet club fight in August, he weighed 185 pounds on the scales. Green was last seen by most losing back-to-back Super Six outings to Andre Ward and Glen Johnson in 2010.
Also in action: Welterweight prospect Kevin Bizier (15-0, 11 KO) vs Christian Bladt (38-12-2, 12 KO); middling Cuban super featherweight Rances Barthelemy (13-0, 10 KO) vs Alejandro Barrera (21-9, 16 KO); and fabulously-named Schiller Hyppolite (1-0, 0 KO) vs Dale Golden (1-0, 1 KO) in a light heavyweight four-rounder.