Bute recovers from first loss, outlasts Grachev
MONTREAL -- Former IBF champion Lucian Bute rebounded from his first defeat by outlasting Denis Grachev in a close bout for the minor NABF light heavyweight title on Saturday night.
Bute, of Canada, won a unanimous decision and improved to 31-1 in his first fight since losing his super-middleweight title to Carl Froch in May. Grachev, of Russia, fell to 12-1-1 despite landing more punches overall.
The ringside judges all favored Bute in their final scores: 115-113, 116-112 and 118-112.
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