Canadian prospect stops Handy
Young Lucian Bute improves to 10-0 and kept his perfect KO record with a four-round stoppage of Carl Handy (19-6-2) in Quebec City. Handy went down from a solid left-right combination in the second round, but clung on bravely against an onrushing Bute in the last minute. The consistent pressure Bute put on his outgunned opponent forced Handy to take a knee, and his corner took the opportunity to stop the bout at 2:09 of round four. Bute won the vacant NABF light heavyweight championship in the process.
Young 2004 Olympian Benoît Gaudet won a flashy unanimous decision in his professional debut against Richard Pitt. He became more at ease as the fight processed, knocked his man down in the 4th and last round, but ran out of time to finish the job properly. Three-time Canadian amateur champ Antonin Décarie also made his pro debut with a 45 second KO of Deon Sweeting. Fighting at home was David Whittom of Quebec City, and he improves to
3-0-1 (2 KOs) with a majority decision against Nicholson Poulard (1-2). Bute's friend and fellow Romanian prospect, welterweight Jo Jo Dan (7-0, 4 KOs), who kept his perfect record with a smooth 5th round TKO victory over Terry Lantz, 3-3-1 (2 KOs).