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Lucian Bute knocks out Brian Magee to defend title

Belfast boxer Brian Magee expresses his disappointment after being stopped in the 10th round of his IBF super-middleweight title defeat by Lucian Bute in Montreal

Lucian Bute stopped Northern Ireland's Brian Magee in the 10th round to retain his IBF super-middleweight title.

Bute, 31, had already knocked down his rival in the sixth and seventh rounds and he finished the fight with an uppercut to Magee's chin in Montreal.

It was only the second time Magee had failed to go the distance.

Bute's victory in the battle of the southpaws secured a seventh successful defence of the belt he won in 2007 and improved his record to 28-0.

After a fairly even first five rounds, Bute raised his game and put Magee down with a quick left to the stomach.

The 35-year-old recovered well but was felled again in similar fashion in the following round and from then on it was only a matter of time before the knockout punch arrived.

It came with a blow to the head in the 10th, sending Magee to his knees again and forcing Chicago referee Pete Podgorski to intervene.

Bute's win set up a likely meeting later this year with Denmark's Mikkel Kessler, who was at ringside.

see also
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Magee impresses in Dublin victory
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Magee hoping for world title shot
01 Feb 10 |  Boxing
Magee crowned European champion
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