Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alvarez Stops Bute in Fifth to Become Mandatory WBC Light Heavyweight Challenger

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alvarez Stops Bute in Fifth to Become Mandatory WBC Light Heavyweight Challenger

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Alvarez stops former champ Bute in fifth

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QUEBEC - Eleider Alvarez dropped former champion Lucian Bute with a pair of right-hand shots in the fifth round to win a light heavyweight elimination bout between the two Montreal-based boxers on Friday night.

Alvarez (22-0), stunned Bute (32-4-1) with a right and then sent him to the floor with another to close out what had been an even battle through four rounds. Referee Marlon B. Wright stopped the fight at 2:22 of the fifth round.

"I've been practising that move for a long time," Alvarez said after the bout.

The Colombian-born Alvarez became the mandatory challenger for the WBC title held by another Montreal fighter, Adonis Stevenson.

Bute held the IBF super-middleweight title from 2007 to 2012, when he was crushed in England by Carl Froch. The Romanian-born Canadian was in only his sixth bout since that defeat. …

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