Adviser and matchmaker Gary Majeski has clarified the position of Lucian Bute's team on his November 5 fight, and says that it won't be a catchweight bout with light heavyweight titlist Tavoris Cloud, and that Bute is not looking to move up right now.
Bute (29-0, 24 KO) has an open Showtime date on November 5 that won't go to Kelly Pavlik, either, and now looks likely to head to veteran Glen Johnson, who has said he's as interested as ever in traveling to someone else's home base for a big fight. The Romanian-born Bute is in need of a credible opponent, and even though Johnson lost a competitive bout to Carl Froch earlier this year, he's still a viable contender and would be a step up over recent Bute opponents like Jesse Brinkley, Jean Paul Mendy, and Brian Magee.
Majeski also says that Bute is preparing to fight the winner of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. The victor will be decided on October 29, when Andre Ward meets Carl Froch in New Jersey on Showtime.