DeGale beats Bute in hard-fought battle
IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (22-1, 14 KOs) scored a hard-fought unanimous decision over former world champion Lucian Bute (32-3, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Vidéotron Centre in Quebec City.
DeGale outlanded Bute in a action-packed fight and won by scores of 116-112 and 117-111 twice.
The Brit fighter took the fight to Bute from the opening bell and scored with combinations.
DeGale dominated the early exchanges before an accidental head clash opened a cut above his left eye in the fifth round.
Bute, a native of Romania who fights out of Quebec, came on strong in the middle rounds, forcing DeGale to back up to the ropes.
The challenger continued to press the action, but DeGale remained busier and was landing blows to head and body.
Both fighters had their moments in the later rounds and exchanged hard punches until the final bell.
DeGale took aim at WBC champion Badou Jack immediately after making the first defence of the world title he won in May by outpointing Andre Dirrell in his US debut.
"I'm peaking now," said DeGale. "I'm ready for the best in the world. All credit to Lucian Bute. He's a great champion.
"Let’s unify these titles. WBC and IBF. Let’s do it next April."