Bute becomes Canadian citizen
Romanian-born IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute has become a Canadian Citizen after being sworn in at a ceremony in Saint-Michel, in his adopted hometown of Montreal.
Having moved to Canada in 2003 to begin his professional career, the slick southpaw has won all 30 of his pro fights and only fought outside of the North American country on five occasions.
But his first task as a Canadian citizen will be to travel to Nottingham, England to defend his IBF strap for the 10th time against air miles king Carl Froch on May 26.
‘I have been preparing for this day for the last five years. I felt like a true Quebecker and Canadian long ago, but today I am very proud to obtain my Canadian Citizenship,’ said Bute.
‘My origins are Romanian, but it is important to me to implicate myself fully in my adopted country of Canada. I am very lucky to have been received so well in this country since I set foot here for good in 2003.’