Former WBC super-middleweight titlist Eric Lucas arrived in Montreal today after spending the last few weeks in Europe. Lucas went not only to attend his Romanian promotion featuring Lucian Bute, but also to see what could be done to win back the title he Lost in controversy back in April 2003. He came back with much better news than anticipated. While he visited Germany, Lucas received an offer from promoter Wilfrid Sauerland to challenge the reigning and three-time WBC titlist, Markus Beyer on September 3rd in Berlin.
Sauerland seems to have discarded the possibility of a rubber match with Christian Sanavia, Beyer's last conqueror. Therefore an emotionally-charged rematch with Lucas appears to be the most financially viable option for Beyer's camp.
Lucas is delighted with the turn of events, even though it is certain that he will get nowhere near the million-dollar purse he received for the first fight. "When I bought Interbox last year, my aim was to regain my title and here's the occasion," said Lucas
Lucas has been injured frequently over the last few years, and is presently sidelined with a hand injury. His trainer, Stéphane Larouche, told the media: "Of course we would've liked more time to recover but We have to seize this occasion because it might be the last we ever get."
Lucas presently weighs 185 pound and is ready to start his preparation, though it could take some time before he can have full use of the right hand he injuried in his last bout, a twelve-round unanimous decision win against James Crawford.
Lucas won the WBC super middleweight title against Glen Catley in July 2001 and lost it on his fourth defense in a highly disputed split decision to Beyer two years ago. He took a year off after a punishing TKO loss against Danny Green in December 2003, and has fought twice since acquiring his old promotional outfit, Interbox, from bankruptcy. Beyer, for his part, lost and regained the title against Christian Sanavia, and most recently, avenged his poor showing against Danny Green by winning a majority decision in the rematch last month.