Lucian Bute gets another chance at regaining a super middleweight world title this Saturday, when he challenges WBC titleholder Badou Jack in the Showtime main event from the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
Bute, 36, challenged IBF titleholder James DeGale last November, coming up short in a spirited effort. The Romanian-Canadian held the IBF belt from 2007-12 before losing to Carl Froch, and has clawed his way back into contention since then. And he doesn't feel that Bute measures up to DeGale:
"I have big respect for Badou Jack. He's a world champion and a good fighter. But in my opinion, DeGale is more flexible and put more punches together and is more creative. Badou Jack has a good right hand, but he doesn't put as many punches together. That's an advantage for me."
Jack (20-1-1, 12 KO) beat Anthony Dirrell last April to win the WBC belt, then followed that up with a successful defense in September against George Groves. He's rebounded excellently from an upset loss to Derek Edwards in 2014.
DeGale (22-1, 14 KO) will face mandatory challenger Rogelio Medina on the same card, with the winners expected to meet by the end of the year in a unification bout.
Is Bute right, and do you see him being able to take the belt from Jack on Saturday?