Lucian Bute TKO-4 Andrea Di Luisa
Di Luisa (17-3, 12 KO) did the job he was signed up to do, lasting a few rounds of paid attendance sparring with a rusty Bute before Lucian found his confidence and his punches again, landing a laser left hand to the jaw that put Di Luisa down early in the fourth round. A short flurry after that, and Di Luisa's corner threw in the towel for the finish.
Bute (32-2, 25 KO) is still a question mark as a contender at 168 or 175, because early he looked like he still wants nothing to do with fighting inside, even against Di Luisa, who was not a serious challenge for him. One interesting fight might be to match him with Andre Dirrell, as the two are still credible but may or may not be serious contenders at this point. If both were on their game, that could still be a really good fight. Another option might be to potentially Bute out -- or bring him back to the top -- in a title fight against Adonis Stevenson.
Eleider Alvarez UD-12 Isidro Prieto
This turned out to be a really solid test for Alvarez (18-0, 10 KO), who had to deal with some early adversity before pulling away well in the second half of the fight. We had it a competitive but clear 115-113 for Alvarez, the three judges all scored it 117-111, which more likely just means that a couple of swing rounds went Alvarez's way than anything nefarious or whatever.
Prieto (24-1-3, 20 KO) showed up to fight as the underdog, and was determined to knock Alvarez out. He did hurt the Colombian fighter pretty badly in the sixth round, but Alvarez was able to tackle him, more or less, and shut down the momentum. After that, Alvarez's skill and stamina over the distance came into play, as Prieto wore down and wasn't able to be quite so active or effective as he was early on. Good win for Alvarez, whose team now has some mistakes to correct, which is generally a good thing for a fighter on the way up.