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WealthTV has bought the U.S. TV rights to the November 3 fight between Lucian Bute and Denis Grachev.
WealthTV will be back again on November 3, picking up the Lucian Bute vs Denis Grachev fight from Montreal's Bell Centre, as Bute tries to get back on the winning track after a nasty loss to Carl Froch in May.
Bute (30-1, 24 KO) and Grachev (12-0-1, 8 KO) will be fighting for the NABF light heavyweight title in a 170-pound catchweight bout, but if Bute is successful -- as it's expected he will be -- then the Romanian-Candian star will host Froch in a rematch next spring, likely in March. (That is, if Froch beats Yusaf Mack on November 17 to retain his IBF super middleweight title.)
Grachev, 30, is being counted out here, probably, but he was counted out against super prospect Ismayl Sillakh earlier this year, too, and stopped Sillakh in the eighth round. Grachev was outclassed in that fight, but Sillakh let his foot off the gas and it came back to bite him. Bute is known as a good finisher, but there are questions about his mental state coming back from the wicked beatdown against Froch. If he's not ready, Grachev might have an opening here. He's got nothing to lose, and he can go right at Bute, who badly struggled against Froch's pressure and power.
The show's undercard is also set. Renan St-Juse will face Allan Green in a light heavyweight bout, Sebastian Gauthier will take on Rodrigo Guerrero at super bantamweight, and junior middleweight prospect Mikael Zewski is also in action, among other fights.