LUCIAN BUTE EASILY SINKS JEAN PAUL MENDY TO RETAIN IBF SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
Saturday 9 July 2011
Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania
Unbeaten speedster Lucian Bute, the IBF super-middleweight champ, proved too strong for French Jean Paul Mendy, the 37-year-old IBF’s top contender, as the Romanian-Canadian dropped him to deck an impressive KO victory at 2:48 of the fourth session to retain the throne for the 8th time.
Bute flattened Mendy with a big left hand that left Mendy face down on the canvas badly hurt.
The southpaw Bute, 31 years-old, improved his mark to 29-0-0 (24 KOs), has in mindto facethe former championof the middleweights Kelly Pavlik.
Mendy, 29-1-1 (16 KOs), had been dropped in the 1st round in his last fight against Sakio Bika but Bika was disqualified when he landed an additional shot while Mendy was on his knees. Other than that fight, Mendy had faced pretty much 2nd and 3rd tier opposition his entire career but was given a very, very generous number #1 ranking by the IBF for some bizarre reason.
Unbeaten Romanian Viorel Simion decked his 14th pro bout by polishing off Philippine Jun Talape in the 9th round, winning the WBC International Featherweight Title.
Viorel, 29 years-old, proved too ringwise for the defending champ Talape, 25 years-old.
Viorel, 14-0-0 (6 KOs), caught the champ and had him on the deck and the referee Daniel Van de Wiele intervened and called a halt.
Talape is reportedly 20-8-1 (8).
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