Now free to pursue his career after reaching an amicable agreement with the Boxing and Fighting Commission of the District of Columbia as a result of his positive anti-doping control to ostarine, Lucian Bute dreams of another championship fight.
Suspended six months – retroactively to May 6 – and relieved of US $ 50,000 to be paid to the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program, the former IBF super middleweight champion sees the future positivism If he admits that the last months have been hard.
“It was a very difficult time psychologically,” Bute told a press conference on Tuesday. I did not want to show it, but inside me it hurt. I was coming home in the evening and wondering why. I knew I was not guilty, that I had not taken [drugs] intentionally. But what does not kill us makes us stronger. ”
The Quebec boxer of Romanian origin was checked positive after his majority victory against the WBC Badou Jack title holder, but then convinced the commission that a contaminated supplement manufactured by a California laboratory is the source of the problem, avoiding Thus a longer suspension which would have meant the end of his career.
Eligible for a return to the ring since November 6, Bute is ready to immediately compete with the elite and dreams of a fight against the winner of the one who will oppose James DeGale to Jack on January 14, while knowing That it will be difficult.
“My goal is to have my revenge,” said the one who bowed unanimously to DeGale in November 2015 and drew against Jack on April 30. I would not need any preparatory fight, since my last two fights were in the championship. If this possibility arises, it is certain that I will take it. ”
As has always been the case since the announcement of his positive control, Bute has not ruled clearly on the future of his controversial fitness trainer Angel Heredia, who provided him with the contaminated supplement. Ultimately, it is possible to believe that his return is very plausible.
“I have nothing to blame him for his training plans,” Bute said. I was very pleased with his program. I did three fights with him and each time I was fit and I felt physically very well. This contamination was a mistake. We were able to prove that it was the laboratory that was involved and I can not blame it at all.
A black passage, now behind
It is important to remember, however, that Heredia was associated with the BALCO laboratory, which supplied doping products to Major Baseball players and members of the American athletics team in the early 2000s. He then repented Working with the FBI before turning to boxing, where there is a notorious laxity in the fight against doping.
That said, Bute now intends to prevent blows upstream by requiring several anti-doping tests as was the case for his fighting against Jean Pascal or DeGale. He donated $ 50,000 to the WBC to send a strong message to the industry.
The ex-champion also reiterated his intention to sue the laboratory that manufactured the contaminated supplement, but admits that no amount of money will be able to repair the harm that was caused to him. In the end, he simply hopes that this whole story is now behind him.
“I can now look people in the eye and keep my head,” hammered Bute. Since the announcement [of the amicable agreement], people have stopped me in the street to congratulate me and encourage me. Many have never believed I was guilty and it does me so much good. ”