Bute States That Froch Rematch Could Land in The Fall
By Luke Furman
Former super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24KOs) says the rematch with Carl Froch could "take place in the fall." Bute lost his IBF crown when he was stopped by Froch in five rounds on May 26th. There was a rematch clause for a return bout in Montreal. Both fighters have already taken interim-fights. Bute won a tough decision over Denis Grachev at a catch-weight of 170-pounds, and Froch knocked out Yusaf Mack.
Froch's promoter is trying to make a deal for a rematch with WBA "regular" champion Mikkel Kessler and the two sides are reportedly close to an agreement. Bute will be left with enough time to take another interim-fight before a Froch rematch. There have been reports in Montreal that Bute could return in his next fight against an opponent like Edwin Rodriguez or Kelly Pavlik [if his fight with Andre Ward falls through].
"We don't know yet about my next fight. Maybe we'll know by the start of January. If I think that I need another fight before Froch, I'm going to take it," Bute said to Ararat. "But, I do want to fight Froch again because I want to beat him. The plan is to fight in Montreal. The folks at InterBox have told me that I will fight in Quebec or in Montreal."
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org
Bute's next fight won't be Rodriquez...as it now appears Edwin is off to fight in a four (4) boxers - two (2) fight tournament in Monte Carlo (March and then June). If he wins them both, he brings home $1…Comment by MDPopescu on 12-27-2012
This year Bute lost everything... He would have better respond to Andre Dirrel's call rather than fight Froch in England. Bute's too old for a career rebuilding...Comment by yoz on 12-27-2012
This is a good move by Bute. He needs a few more tune-ups to get his confidence back before the rematch.Comment by LacedUp on 12-27-2012
Anyone remember when Bute claimed Kessler was 'afraid' of him and he turned down a $1,5m offer?? Haha. At this moment in time I believe Bute would lost against George Groves.Comment by D-MiZe on 12-27-2012
Looks the most likely outcome. Kessler in the Spring with Bute later in the year, would like to see Froch fight a third and it be a meaningful fighter too, no Yusaf Mack. Kessler > Stevenson > Bute Hopefully?Post a Comment/View More User Comments (7)