Rumours have now been confirmed, Carl Froch has got the opportunity to take the IBF super middle weight crown from Romanian born Lucian Bute. The fight has been scheduled for the 26th may and will be held in Froch’s home town of Nottingham. This is his first fight back home since October 2009. The Cobra walks into this fight after a loss to America’s Andre Ward in December, and will be looking to get his record back on winning ways in May but will have his work cut out against the unbeaten Bute. The self proclaimed ‘Mister KO’ will be defending not only his IBF title for the 10th time but his 30-0 record, he comes into this fight after a 12 round UD against Glen Johnson in November, Froch who also managed to beat Johnson earlier that year says,
“It’s a dream come true to get this opportunity to become a three-time world champion in my hometown of Nottingham”
For me it’s another dream come true to see Froch back in the ring and against another class act, I cannot remember the last time I watched a Froch fight and was left deflated after being on the edge of my seat for 12 rounds, he never seems to take the easy fight. Wins in the recent super six tournament against the likes of Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell and Arthur Abraham shot Carl Froch into the public eye after he had spent many years trying to just get a televised fight. And with Valiant performances against Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward, he is now amongst the top fighters in the world.
“It’s my goal to fight the best boxers in the super middle weight division” says Bute
And he will, Froch will be out to prove a point to the rest of the world and get straight back in the mix. With talks of a rematch with Kessler, Froch must make sure he gets through this fight and he will probably be fighting for another world title later in the year. I really hope Bute comes to stand toe to toe with Froch and fight, as this is when both boxers produce what they do best. A win for Bute could see him take on Kessler, Pascal or Abraham or even have a chance of winning another world title against the WBC and WBA champion Andre Ward.
I am really looking forward to this and having my favourite British boxer in a world title fight always gets the blood pumping. I’m sure this fight wont disappoint and this could be the start of title winning ways for British fighters this year and the start of Carl Froch’s rise back to the top of the super middle weight division....assuming Andre Ward Steps up to Light heavyweight.
Full interviews can be found here, http://www1.skysports.com/boxing/news/12183/7558067/Froch-faces-Bute-test