Badou Jack vs. Lucian Bute Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/30/16
Lucian Bute vs. Badou Jack
Boxing: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:00 pm (DC Armory)
The Line: Badou Jack -400 / Lucian Bute +325 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Badou Jack and Lucian Bute fight Saturday night at the DC Armory for the WBC Super Middleweight title.
Badou Jack enters this fight with a 20-1-1 record that includes 12 knockouts. Jack has won his last four fights and is coming off a September win over George Groves. Jack is a lengthy fighter with a decent reach of 73 inches and throws a very impressive jab. Jack is also solid on his counter punches and has shown flashes of power throughout his career despite it not being his strongest trait. Jack is just an overall solid boxer who has been very consistent other than his one hiccup against Derek Edwards a couple of years ago. The concerns with Jack are on the defensive side, as he often drops his hands low, leaving himself open for counters, and he does a lot of lunging for a fighter with his size and length. This will be Jack’s first fight in Washington.
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Lucian Bute enters this fight with a 32-3 record that includes 25 knockouts. Bute has split his last six fights and is coming off a November loss to James DeGale. Bute is clearly on the downside of his career at 36 years old, as he didn’t lose a single fight until 2012, but now already has three on his record. When at the top of his game, however, Bute has pure knockout power and is able to mix in impressive combinations. The problem is Bute is getting up there in age and hasn’t truly looked like himself since probably the 2011 fight against Jean-Paul Mendy. Of course, this will be a chance for Bute to prove all of the critics and naysayers wrong. This will be Bute’s first fight in Washington.
This may have been a good fight a couple of years ago, but it’s very tough to trust Bute in his current form. Jack has been nothing but consistent his whole career and is coming off three straight wins over respectable fighters. Bute has been hot and cold over the years and is now being thrown into the ring with a polished offensive boxer.
Maybe Bute surprises and lands one of his signature power punches, but I doubt it. Give me Jack for the victory.