Former super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute has lost two of his last three fights and he was uncertain if he would continue his career.
He lost his super middleweight belt by fifth-round knockout to Carl Froch in May 2012, rebounded six months later for 12-round decision win against Denis Grachev in a much harder than expected fight and then moved up to light heavyweight and got taken to school by former champion Jean Pascal in the biggest fight in Montreal history in January.
On Thursday, Bute (31-2, 24 KOs), 34, southpaw, said at a news conference in Montreal that he would continue his career and do so under the guidance of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach following a trip to his Hollywood, California gym a few weeks ago.
Bute, Quebec’s most popular fighter, is due to return against an opponent to be determined on Dec 6 at the Bell Centre.
“It's an honor for me to benefit from the advice of a renowned trainer,” Bute said. “I have the intention to give everything I have to come back strong in the ring for my fans and the boxing supporters."
In order to have Roach train him, Bute said he has agreed to work with him at Manny Pacquiao’s training in the Philippines, where Roach is training him for his welterweight title defense against Chris Algieri on Nov. 22 in Macau, China.
"Knowing that after a few months of research, the answers were positive for Lucian, and with all the talent that we know he has, Roach seems like the man for the situation,” said Jean Bedard of InterBox, Bute’s promoter. “I am more than enthusiast when I look at his future. He still has excellent years in front of him.”