The Armory, Washington, DC, April 30
By Peter Lim
In Bute's prime, Jack's style would be tailor-made for Romanian-Canadian's lethal southpaw pull-and-counter maneuvers. The big question is, how much of his former confident self has Bute rekindled since his dismantling against Carl Froch in 2012? Bute initially seemed gun shy following his loss to Froch but has gradually inched his way back to a comfort level where he is willing to take risks and let his fists fly.
Bute (32-3, 23 KOs) lost gallantly in his last fight to James DeGale, a thriller of a slugfest that was far more competitive than the scorecards indicated, proving he has regained much of his mojo. At age 36, he might not be quite the fighter he was pre-Froch, but it will still be enough to dethrone Jack. Utilizing his superior experience and punching power, Bute scores a knockdown or two to eke out a close but but unanimous decision against a determined but out-classed Jack (20-1-1, 12 KOs).
My initial reaction was that the two judges who scored the fight 114-114 should be permanently disbarred. But someone pointed out that they might have taken into account what everyone except the referee saw - that half of Jack's body punches strayed below the score zone.