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Eleider Alvarez stops Lucian Bute, remains mandatory challenger to Adonis Stevenson

QUEBEC CITY -- Eleider Alvarez stopped former champion Lucian Bute with a pair of right-hand shots in the fifth round to win a light heavyweight elimination bout between the two Montreal-based boxers Friday night.

Alvarez (22-0) stunned Bute (32-4-1) with a right and then sent him to the floor with another to close out what had been an even battle through four rounds. Referee Marlon B. Wright stopped the fight at 2:22 of the fifth round.

"I've been practicing that move for a long time," Alvarez said after the bout.

The Colombian-born Alvarez maintained his position as the mandatory challenger for the WBC title held by another Montreal fighter, Adonis Stevenson.

Bute held the IBF super middleweight title from 2007 to 2012, when he was crushed in England by Carl Froch. The Romanian-born Canadian was in only his sixth bout since that loss.

"That's boxing," Bute said. "I thought I fought well, but he surprised me with a good punch. Hats off to him, he deserved the win."

It remains to be seen if it was the last fight for the 36-year-old Bute. He's 2-4-1 in his past seven bouts.

Also, former Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Adam Braidwood (7-1) stopped Eric Martel-Bahoeli (11-7-1) of Quebec City in the fifth round to win the heavyweight title from a little-known sanctioning body, the WBU.