Former IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute has officially announced his retirement more than two years after his last fight.
Bute, who recently turned 39, last entered a ring in February 2017. A fifth round defeat to ex-title holder Eleider Alvarez put the writing on the wall for the Romanian-Canadian.
All five of Bute’s losses came in the final seven years of his career. With only two victories scored in that period.
Carl Froch began the decline in 2012 when Bute was a feared 30-0 champion with nine IBF defenses under his belt.
‘The Cobra’ overwhelmed Bute and opened the door for further reverses against the likes of James DeGale, Jean Pascal and Badou Jack.
Outlining his retirement, Bute was philosophical about his decision.
“It’s is over for me. At 39, it is time to turn the page. This is my life. It is very hard, but I know it is the best decision,” said Bute.
“I have nothing more to prove. Two-three bouts for some money would not have changed anything. I am healthy and I want to take care of the family.
“My two children are the nicest presents for me.
“25 years of boxing. With diplomas, medals, belts and scholarships to the extent. But also…. without a number workouts, efforts and sacrifices, everything would have remained a dream.
“Unachievable without work, discipline, seriousness and above all, faith,” he added.
In his pomp, Bute saw off William Joppy, Lolenga Mock and Sakio Bika. Whilst also beating a declining Glen Johnson in 2011.
Hanging up his gloves with 25 knockouts from those 32 wins, Bute will be fondly remembered in his native Canada.
At one point, Bute made the Bell Centre his own and had a host of celebrities clamoring to be ringside for his fights.
Initially turning pro in 2003, Bute enjoyed a fourteen-year career before running into a juggernaut in Froch, who just refused to be beaten on the night in Nottingham.