The last remaining bit of formality is out of the way, as Quebec City will be the host city for the November 5 Showtime fight between IBF super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute and Glen Johnson. Quebec City had been strongly believed to be the location of the fight, but Montreal was also in the running.
Bute (29-0, 24 KO) will be making the third defense of his title in 2011, after wins in March over Brian Magee and July over Jean Paul Mendy. Neither win inspired too many, though I think the Magee win is underrated, and the fight with Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KO) is seen by many as a step up despite the fact that Johnson lost in June to Carl Froch, and hasn't beaten an elite-type fighter since 2004 (though his 2006 split decision loss to Clinton Woods was questionable). Johnson always comes to fight and never lets anyone off easy, and he's about the best option out there right now for Bute, after a fight with former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik fell apart due to Pavlik balking at the money offered ($1.35 million, reportedly).
The undercard will likely feature local super middleweight veteran Renan St-Juste (23-2-1, 15 KO) and junior welterweight prospect Pier Olivier Cote (17-0, 11 KO).