Monday 26 February 2018

Boxing: Bute force too powerful for Magee in title showdown

Bernard O'Neill

THERE was further world title disappointment for an Irish boxer in a battle of the southpaws on Saturday night as Brian Magee lost out to defending IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute in Montreal.

Bute force was the order of the day as the Romania-born star dropped the Irishman three times en route to a 10th-round stoppage. Bute floored the Ulster fighter with body shots in the sixth and seventh rounds and then finished off the job with a shot to the head.

The victory stretched his winning sequence to 28 fights and was his seventh successful defence of the title he won in 2007.

Magee, who like Willie Casey had relinquished his European title to take a world title fight, was holding his own in the opening frames against an opponent many consider the best 168-pounder in the business.

But once Bute -- reportedly paid $2m -- began to change tactics and go for the body, it all unravelled for the Lisburn man.

"After the fourth round I realised the body shots were working. My trainer said go for the body and that's what I did," said Bute.

Meanwhile, Katie Taylor had her hand raised in victory yet again after a convincing win over Spain's Maria del Carman Moreno on Saturday night. The world and European lightweight champion was always on top and earned a unanimous decision on the Casey/Rigondeaux undercard at the CityWest Hotel.

Taylor was also in action late last night versus Cheng Dong -- who she beat in the last two AIBA World finals -- in an Ireland v China international in New Ross.

Meanwhile, John Joe Nevin's Paris United, Los Angeles Matadors, Baku Fires and Astana Arlans have qualified for the semi-finals of the World Series of Boxing.

Irish Independent

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