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Former super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute underwent successful surgery on his injured left hand on Thursday in Florida, promoter InterBox announced.
InterBox said Dr. Veronica Pedro extracted several bone fragments from Bute's hand during the 40-minute procedure.
"Lucian is in good spirits and recuperating at his Florida residence," InterBox said in a statement.
Bute will be fitted for a cast next Thursday.
Bute suffered the injury in training, forcing him to withdraw from his Canadian super fight with former light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal. They were due to meet May 25 on HBO at the Bell Centre in Montreal, where they are both major stars.
When Bute is healed, the fight is expected to be rescheduled.
Talk of a fight between Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KOs) and Bute (31-1, 24 KOs) has gone on for years, but they were on separate tracks making good money for other fights. The fight was finally made when they had no other place to turn for a bigger fight.
Pascal, 30, lost his world light-heavyweight title to Bernard Hopkins in May 2011, and has fought just once since because of a chronic shoulder problem, easily outpointing Aleksy Kuziemski in a 10-round fight on Dec. 14.
Bute, 33, lost his super middleweight title by fifth-round knockout to Froch last May in Froch's hometown of Nottingham, England. In his only appearance since facing Froch, Bute struggled mightily to a 12-round decision over Denis Grachev on Nov. 3.
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