#1 WBC light heavyweight contender Eleider Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs) will be taking a stay busy fight against former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs) on February 24 at the Centre Videotron in Quebec city, Quebec, Canada. Alvarez, 32, has been waiting for a title shot against WBC 175lb champion Adonis Stevenson. It’s anyone’s guess when that fight will eventually happen. If Alvarez loses to the 36-year-old Bute, then he might as well forget about fighting the 38-year-old Stevenson, because that fight surely won’t happen.
Alvarez is already scheduled to fight this Saturday on December 10 against little known Norbert Dabrowski (19-5-1, 7 KOs) in a 10 round fight at the Montreal Casino in Montreal, Canada. This is not exactly a great fight. Dabrowski, 28, has had a hard time picking up wins in the last year, as he’s been beaten three times. His record since 2015 is 3-3-1. That’s dreadful, I must say. I still don’t know why Alvarez is wasting his time fighting Dabrowski.
The fight against Bute makes sense, but definitely not against Dabrowski. That’s mind boggling trying to understand the reasoning’s behind this fight.
Bute recently allegedly tested positive for Ostarine after his last fight against WBC super middleweight champion last April at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Bute held Badou to a 12 round draw. The results of the Bute vs. Jack fight still stand as a draw, which I’m sure Badou isn’t too happy about. Bute’s record in his last six fights has been dreadful to say the least. During that stretch of time that ates back to 2012, Bute has a 2-3-1 record. He was beaten by Jean Pascal, Carl Froch and James DeGale. Bute’s wins came against Denis Grachev and Andreas Di Luisa.
Alvarez has not looked good in his last two fights in beating Robert Berridge by a 10 round unanimous decision last July, Isaac Chilemba by a 12 round majority decision in November 2015 and Isidro Ramoni Prieto by a 12 round unanimous decision last August.
Adonis Stevenson hasn’t fought his mandatory challenger for his World Boxing Council 175lb title since 2013, when he beat Tony Bellew by a 6th round knockout. I don’t know what the WBC is waiting for in them encouraging Stevenson to finally fight his mandatory. Alvarez, 32, is going to grow old waiting for his title shot against Stevenson. I don’t know if he thought that he would need to wait this long before he eventually got a crack at a title.
Bute will be able to rejuvenate his career if he beats Alvarez. I don’t know if he will though.