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Bute recovers from first loss, outlasts Grachev

Updated: November 4, 2012, 12:26 AM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Former IBF champion Lucian Bute rebounded from his first defeat by outlasting Denis Grachev in a close bout for the minor NABF light heavyweight title on Saturday night.

Bute, of Canada, won a unanimous decision and improved to 31-1 in his first fight since losing his super-middleweight title to Carl Froch in May. Grachev, of Russia, fell to 12-1-1 despite landing more punches overall.

The ringside judges all favored Bute in their final scores: 115-113, 116-112 and 118-112.

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