Moments ago on his official Twitter account, highly-ranked super middleweight and IBF titlist Lucian Bute was confirmed as being matched with Glen Johnson on November 5. Showtime will televise from Bute's home base, the Bell Centre in Montreal.
InterBox promoter Jean Bedard confirmed I will fight Glen Johnson
Bute (29-0, 24 KO) was originally slated to face Kelly Pavlik on that date, but Pavlik of course pulled out of an August 6 tune-up bout along with the Bute fight earlier this month, leaving Bute without a dance partner. Stepping in will be Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KO), who is coming off of a loss, but a competitive loss against Carl Froch in the Super Six semifinals on June 4. With a lack of legitimately threatening opponents, boxing fans have seemed universally in favor of a Bute vs Johnson matchup, and now it will happen.
Though he's 42, "The Road Warrior" may have the type of skill-set that could give Bute trouble, given that in the past it has seemed that Bute doesn't like rough fights on the inside, which is where Johnson excels.
Should Bute win, it is expected that he will face the winner of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. The finals of the tournament take place on October 29, when Andre Ward meets Carl Froch in Atlantic City. That fight would be the final bout on Bute's current, three-fight deal with Showtime.