Perhaps looking for some magic to spruce up a stalling career, former super middleweight titleholder Lucian Bute has signed with powerful adviser Al Haymon, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. Bute will remain with his promoter, Jean Bedard of Interbox.
"[The] promotion of Lucian Bute's career will remain unchanged. It is a pleasure for InterBox to work jointly with Al Haymon and his team in the organization of future fights for Lucian. The first fight is planned for the end of this spring."
Bute (31-2, 24 KO) has lost two of his last three fights after starting his career 30-0 and looking like a juggernaut in the 168-pound division. In May 2012, he was torn apart by Carl Froch and stopped in five rounds, after which he came back to beat Denis Grachev in a competitive decision. Bute's big fight with Jean Pascal in January 2014 was his last time in the ring, and he was soundly defeated over 12 rounds.
Bute turns 35 at the end of February, so the clock is ticking on his chances to be a true contender again. Right now, he's something of an afterthought at 168 or 175, but that can change quickly, and Haymon has the sort of stroke and power to revive Bute's career within just a fight or two, if Bute can perform.