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Career-ender: Alvarez stops Bute, sets up Stevenson fight

Phil Jay 25/02/2017

Former super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute is staring at the possibility his career may be over after losing to Eleider Alvarez in what looks to be a final chance at a world title shot.

Bute, who lost badly to Carl Froch for the first time in his career in 2012, has since been defeated three times in only six bouts over the last five years and looks to have nowhere left to go.

Two massive right hands in the fifth round of their Quebec City WBC light-heavyweight title eliminator ended the argument as ‘Storm’ Alvarez moves on to a huge battle with Adonis Stevenson.

Alvarez, 32, was already mandatory challenger to Stevenson but opted to put the icing on the cake by facing stablemate Bute and has now rubberstamped his world title challenge later in 2017.

Now boasting a record of 22-0 with eleven stoppages, the Colombian will be a serious danger to Stevenson’s long reign as champion having beaten several top contenders on his way to the number one spot.

Stevenson has made no secret of the fact he wants to snag Andre Ward for a unification, but failing that, or indeed a long-awaited encounter with Sergey Kovalev, Alvarez could conceivably next up for ‘Superman’ over the summer.

Ward is still yet to decide whether to retire on top or agree a rematch with Kovalev following their initial meeting in November – which landed the American a coveted spot at the top of the pound for pound rankings.