Bute vs Mendy Results: Lucian Bute Flattens Challenger in Four

Today's fight between Lucian Bute and Jean Paul Mendy went more or less as expected, with Bute largely controlling the action through three rounds before scoring a highlight reel knockout in the fourth.

Bute (29-0, 24 KO) had already hurt Mendy (29-1-1, 16 KO) a couple of times in the fight, but an overhand, chopping left in the fourth round sent Mendy face-first to the canvas, where he was counted out. Bute never even really needed to go to the body, his trademark in past knockout wins.

There isn't really a whole lot more to say about this fight, because Mendy was never considered by anyone but the IBF to be a deserving title challenger, and he only got here with a first round DQ win, anyway. Sakio Bika had been way too much for him over a couple of minutes, and Bute more or less cruised through this one, with Mendy landing maybe a handful of significant punches. It felt from the get-go like a fight Bute could win as soon as he felt like it and/or found a perfect opening, and he got the latter when Mendy came in aggressively and left himself wide open for a big shot.

It is believed that Kelly Pavlik will be next for Bute in November, provided Pavlik gets past Darryl Cunningham on August 6 in Youngstown. The former middleweight champ would be Bute's most notable/famous opponent to date, and is at least close to the sort of step up many desire to see Bute take.

Undercard Results

Junior welterweight prospect Pier Olivier Cote (17-0, 11 KO) stayed unbeaten with an eight-round decision win over Pedro Navarrete, a tough veteran who has only been stopped once in 12 career losses. Cote won on odd scores of 80-71, 80-73 and 80-75. Super middleweight veteran Renan St Juste also made the trip from Canada, and defeated Jaudiel Zepeda to improve to 23-2-1 (15 KO). St Juste has attempted to make a lucrative career of being a "Comeback Opponent" this year, but fights with Pavlik and Mikkel Kessler fell through. And Romanian featherweight prospect Viorel Simion (14-0, 6 KO) scored a ninth round knockout of Filipino Jun Talape.

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