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Lucian Bute retains IBF title

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Lucian Bute of Canada retained his IBF super middleweight title Saturday by knocking out Jean-Paul Mendy of France in the fourth round at the Romexpo.

Romanian-born Bute's left jab sent Mendy flying face down to the canvas, where the Frenchman was counted out by referee Marlon Wright at 2:48 in the fourth.

Bute (29-0) dominated the fight between the southpaws, handing Mendy (29-1-1) his first loss.

It was Bute's eighth defense of the title he won in 2007, but the first time he fought in Romania since 2005.

Bute said he is "proud I made Romania happy."