Bute Admits Froch Lured Him In, Vows To Return Stronger

By Osman Rodriguez

Carl Froch (29-2, 21 KOs) stunned the boxing world on Saturday night, when he easily stopped the heavily favored Lucian Bute (30-1, 24 KOs) in five rounds to capture the IBF super middleweight title in Nottingham.

Following the fight, Bute admits that he slipped away from his own game plan and got caught up in fighting Froch's kind of fight. The Canadian superstar is not looking to pack it in. He plans to return even stronger. There is a rematch clause that forces Froch into a Montreal showdown. Based on the recent conversations, both boxers may take interim fights before an immediate rematch.

"I spent too much time trying to exchange punches with him. I thought that even against the ropes, I would be able to get out and surprise him with my left. I wasn't able to manage that. The result is that he hit me with more shots and he caught me," Bute said.

"This is my first defeat, but this is not the end of the world. I will return. I need to rest for now, but I know that I have what it takes to return. I lost several times in the amateurs and I always came back. "

As stated in an earlier article on, Froch praised Bute's power. He says the fight may have looked easy from the outside looking in, but Bute's power always had him being cautious.

"Maybe It had looked like an easy fight, but it wasn't the case. The times [Bute] caught me, I realized why he was able to put away so many other boxers. I knew that if I let him hit me repeatedly, I would have problems," Froch said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 05-28-2012

4get the excuses about the ring can't hide that weak chin...u may last a bit longer but Bute goes b4 8...

Comment by hugh grant on 05-27-2012

I am sure Lucian can come back better, but it was there for the world to see that his chin is vulnerable. Froch was totally convinced of the weak chin, and thats why Froch at times went hell for leather,…

Comment by waxfondler on 05-27-2012

i admit bute NEEDED to be tested, but i am a fan of his... simply put, carl is on another level. the man survived the super six and has proven his place. i really thought bute would outbox the brit...…

Comment by Tmann400 on 05-27-2012

Like I've said from the door, not only was Bute overrated. And people thought he was slick, while I was saying he had a serious defensive deficiency that hadn't been seen yet given the opposition he'd faced. The funny thing…

Comment by ny123 on 05-27-2012

Bute showed what type of man he was by taking the Froch fight in Nottingham in the first place. It wouldnt surprise me if after a bounce back fight he took the rematch in Montreal and gave a better account…

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