Bute ready to earn respect

Lucian Bute and Glen Johnson during the weigh-in for their IBF Super Middleweight fight at the...

Lucian Bute and Glen Johnson during the weigh-in for their IBF Super Middleweight fight at the Colisee de Quebec in Quebec City, Nov. 4, 2011. (DIDIER DEBUSSCHERE/QMI AGENCY)


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Super middleweight boxing champion Lucian Bute and challenger Glen Johnson are ready to fight after stepping onto the scales for a final time Saturday morning, after passing their initial weigh-ins Friday afternoon in a Quebec City shopping mall.

The Montreal-based Bute holds the IBF version of the title and under the organization's rules fighters must weigh-in twice before a title fight.

They had to stay under the 168 lbs limit for the first weigh in and cannot be more than ten pounds over during the second.

Both Bute (29-0-0), who weighed 167.4 Ibs Friday, and Johnson (51-15-2), who topped the scales at 166.5 lbs, easily made the limit and both men passed the second weigh in Saturday.

The former sparing partners will fight for Bute's title at the Pepsi Coliseum Saturday evening.

The weigh-in drew a small, but noisy crowd at the Laurier Quebec mall Friday where the only real event of note was when the proceedings were halted when a ring girl fainted on stage.

Also making weight for a super bantamweight bout on the Bute-Johnson undercard was Toronto's Steve Molitor (33-2-0), who twice held the IBF title for the division. He is squaring off against Sebastien Gauthier (21-2-0)of St. Jermon, Quebec. The pair jostled for position on the stage during photos after their weigh-in, providing the only tension between fighters during the event.

Just as a victory for Bute is expected to earn him the respect deserved by a top champion, a win by Molitor could put him back into contention to challenge for a title.

There are eight Canadian-based fighters scheduled to fight on Saturday's card, including Bute and Molitor.

Among the fighters to watch is Quebec City unbeaten hopeful Pier-Olivier Cote (17-0-0) who fights fellow super lightweight prospect Jorge Luis Teron (25-2-1) in the night's co-main event.


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