After hearing the news that Carl Froch has signed up to fight IBF Super Middleweight Lucian Bute in Nottingham in May; my first reaction was: fight of year?
It has all the ingredients to be a fantastic dustups, by two of the top operators of the division. Until now Bute is largely untested away from his home turf of Canada, and with Froch coming off a lop sided points defeat to Andre Ward in the Super Six final; it could be quite combustable.
Bute, 32 a couple of years younger than Froch is unbeaten in 30 contests, has only ever been troubled in his first contest with Librado Andrade; where he was floored in the final seconds of the 12th round but the bell saved him.
He won the rematch by a 4th knockout, but the first bout remains one of boxing’s what if? stories of the past few years.
It’s almost unfamiliar territory for ‘The Cobra’ having fought abroad in his past four fights since outpointing Andre Dirrell at the Trent FM in September 2009.
Since then he had arguably the fight of 2009, in losing on points to Mikkel Kessler, before points wins over Arthur Abraham (a boxing masterclass) and Glen Johnson, before his defeat to Ward in December.
Will Bute come to fight, or come to sneak a points decision? Will Froch come out all guns blazing to show he is still one of the top Super Middleweights on the planet?
Roll on May 26th; I can’t wait to find out!