Lucian Bute (32-2) insists he has adopted a more aggressive fighting style and he plans to unleash it on IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (21-1) during their bout at the Centre Videotron, in Quebec City on Saturday.
Perhaps Bute is looking to capitalise on the success Andre Direll found when he pressured DeGale, forcing him to work non-stop during their encounter. Undoubtedly, Bute will need such an approach if he hopes to walk away as champion on Saturday.
This may be a tall order for Bute who is not used to fighting this way but Bute is adamant he can achieve success, stating “I’m more confident, more focused in my head, determined.”
Bute is clearly eager to reclaim the belt he lost to Carl Froch in 2012 and feels the home advantage will help him immensely. “Twenty thousand people behind me is not [going to be] easy for him, I’m sure the pressure’s on his shoulders. He’s the champion, he has the belt. I know this because I felt it when I came to England.”
When the fight was initially announced Eddie Hearn remarked that DeGale thrives off such situations and likes to play the bad guy so Bute may find DeGale is more comfortable than he expects on the night.