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Bute Turns Back on Froch, Eyes Bika-Sjekloca Winner

By Luke Furman

Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24KOs) is moving away further from pursuing a rematch with the current IBF king Carl Froch. Bute was destroyed by Froch in five rounds in May of 2012, but the Canadian star has a rematch clause.

Bute and Froch have already taken interim-bouts since their clash, and both sides are making plans for further interim-fights. Froch is likely going to face WBA "regular" champion Mikkel Kessler in a rematch or make a mandatory defense of his IBF crown against Adonis Stevenson. Bute was looking at the possibility of fighting Kelly Pavlik, but a new opportunity has come up. A entire new direction is taking shape and it may postpone the Froch rematch for an extended period of time.

Bute's promoter, InterBox, have spoken with the World Boxing Council (WBC) and confirmed their boxer's position for a major title shot.

The WBC title, currently held by Andre Ward, will become vacant because Ward is going to need several months of rehab after recently undergoing shoulder surgery. Ward will be promoted to the status "champion emeritus" - while Sakio Bika (30-5-2, 21 KOs) and Nikola Sjekloca (25-0, 7 KOs) will collide for the "interim-title' on February 16th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The winner of this fight will be required to face Bute, ranked at three, for the full vacant crown no later than mid-May.

"This is what the WBC spoke to us about. This is definitely a good option and it interests us. Nothing has been finalized, but I spoke with Lucian and he agrees with this direction. This is the best option for us at this time. Winning the WBC belt will present us with beautiful options........there would be a fight against Andre Ward, or a unification bout against Carl Froch," confirmed the president of InterBox, Jean Bédard in an interview with Gabriel Beland of La Presse.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by askoe on 01-13-2013

[QUOTE=Garcia's Dad;12911693]Froch is the one who actually wants the big fights. I don't think he cares for glorified tune-ups like Mack. The other two look like a million dollars when they're fighting average fighters. Different story when they've stepped up.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Ray* on 01-13-2013

[QUOTE=Garcia's Dad;12911664]This is one of those occasions I wish I had better searching skills. Because I would love to bump up one of those threads where people actually thought Bute was the man at 168 AFTER Ward had won the…

Comment by Boxing1706 on 01-13-2013

[QUOTE=el***;12911432]Damn those UK guys were clinging hard on Butes nuts, wonder what that was about. "Froch has done [I][B]okay[/B][/I] this first round" WTF are they talking about, Froch only landed all of the big meaningful punches and was winning that…

Comment by giacomino on 01-12-2013

Classic example of everything wrong with boxing. Bute fights somebody he already beat to win a paper title and avoid Froch or Ward. Then some ******* on here will write an article calling him a two-time "world champion," as if…

Comment by CAMPER on 01-12-2013

[QUOTE=Lorily;12911800]Someone has a thread on here that shows some of Kelly's posts on Facebook. They were debating wether or not it was legit Kellys page and I guess it was. It was a week or so ago, maybe you could…

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