When we look at Lucian Bute’s career, we can say that it has come close to perfection. The former world champion was especially able to retire in good health in all spheres of his life.
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We met a man at peace with his decision made almost four years ago. The word “regret” is not part of his vocabulary.
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However, the first two years of his retirement were not a long smooth ride.
“It was difficult because I had been boxing since 1994,” said Lucian Bute to Journal of Montreal. For 23 years, I had been training twice a day. It wasn’t easy to break my routine at first and not go to the gym. “
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What confirmed his decision to say goodbye to boxing?
The birth of her granddaughter Ema Anabella, which occurred a few days after her last fight.
“I faced Eleider Alvarez on February 24 and on March 3 she came into the world. She helped me get over my disappointment and the end of my career.
“I didn’t have time to think about what I was going to do. A few months later it was my son [Eric Stefan] who arrived among us. With them, the transition went smoothly. My head and my heart were at peace. “
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While a boxer, Bute made several millions during his reign as champion. On the other hand, he never embarked on crazy expenses.
“I didn’t waste my money. I decided to invest it in the purchase of several apartment blocks with friends who were in this environment. Today, with my wife, Elena, we manage our blocks.
“I like it, I like it. I am very proud of the investments I have made during my career. “
The former IBF super middleweight monarch does not want to disclose the exact number of buildings he owns. He limits himself to saying that he has “several dozen doors”.
“It drives well and I’m learning every day. The tenants know this is my building. They recognize me and respect is reciprocal. We try to give the best possible service. “
We remember that his name was associated with an accidental death that occurred in one of his buildings a few years ago.
“This event had echoes as far as Romania. My parents did not understand what had happened. It was an accident.
“My insurance company settled everything with the family of the deceased. The matter has been settled. “
Avoid the trap
Bute is well aware that he is privileged. His wise decisions led him to a peaceful “retirement”.
“By buying my blocks, it allowed me to have a good income after my career,” said the now 40-year-old. It allowed me to relax and watch my children grow up. It was ideal for me. I couldn’t ask for more. “
He still trains for fun, but he’s only worn the gloves once since 2017.
“I made mittens with Howard [Grant]. After 30 minutes, I had had enough. I was not afraid that it would rekindle my inner flame. “
Bute never intended to make a comeback. No question of wanting to end his career at all costs with a victory to his record. He didn’t want to give in to this temptation.
“We have seen several cases of boxers who have wasted their money and who have to return to the ring. It’s sad to see this.
“People don’t realize how dangerous it is to make a comeback after retirement. One punch can change everything. One or two more fights can cause significant damage. “
Bute is in good health and takes great pride in it. In fact, he takes annual tests at a clinic in Las Vegas to assess his physical condition, including the condition of his brain.
Lucian Bute is a happy and serene retiree. The former world champion has found such an important balance for an athlete after his career. He displays the same smile he had in the ring after a brilliant victory.
It’s worth all the gold in the world.
A return to the trucks
After his glorious career, Eric Lucas has walked in several fields. He was involved in the world of boxing in addition to owning a restaurant-sports bar in the Estrie region.
In recent months, the former WBC super middleweight world champion has been hired by Eye of the Tiger Management and its promoter Camille Estephan as Director of Development and Ambassador.
However, this association did not last long and the former boxer decided to move away from this organization for personal reasons.
Eric Lucas and Danny Green crossed the gloves.
Lucas did not want to grant an interview to the Journal of Montreal for the purposes of our file. He wants to regain some anonymity while taking care of his family.
He’s looking at his options, and he’s not ruling out a return to the trucks. For a few years, he did long distance transportation for a Quebec company. Lucas often traveled back and forth between Quebec and California.
We will have to see if he has given up on boxing, the sport that allowed him to realize his wildest dream, to become world champion.
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A happy life after a bitter end
Sébastien Demers’ career in the world of boxing did not end as he wished, in 2013. He still talks about it today with a certain bitterness.
“It was not difficult to give up boxing,” says the Maskoutain. Before my fight against James DeGale, my career was already in slow motion. I had started to get used to the idea that the end was drawing near.
“At some point, I lost confidence in my sport. It’s like being shown the way out. I’m a little bitter and it didn’t end well. “
Sébastien Demers came to grips with Dionisio Miranda.
Besides, he gave all the minor belts he won to a friend.
“They are part of my memories in my head. I don’t need to display them in my house to be proud of them. I’m not going to see any more galas. I decided to put this aside and move on. “
Now he works in the field of aqueducts, where he is a specialized laborer.
“I’m part of a team that goes to the United States on a regular basis. It’s a physical job, but it’s not comparable to boxing training. It allows me to put bread on the table for my family. “
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116