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Bute vs Froch on May 12 in Nottingham, Likely on EPIX

By Osman Rodriguez

According to Canadian network RDS, a deal is very close to being finalized for Lucian Bute to defend his IBF super middleweight against Carl Froch in Nottingham, England on May 12. No agreement has been formally signed, but the network reports that InterBox, who promote Bute, could announce the fight as early as Friday.

InterBox President Jean Bedard hinted at a deal on Twitter by saying - "[Lucian Bute] start preparing your bags ...Get your luggage ready..."

Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) will be making the tenth defense of his title against Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) - and it won't take place on Showtime or HBO. Showtime, who have Bute under contract - rejected the fight - and sources are indicating that EPIX is the likely outlet to televise the showdown in the United States.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by KnockUTheFukOut on 03-02-2012

this Channel just came out of nowhere...but I like what they are doing with their boxing coverage

Comment by mathed on 03-01-2012

This makes no sense, why did Showtime not pick this up? Anyways, I think Bute wins....decision or late stoppage

Comment by Drive Slow on 03-01-2012

Nice! I'm pulling for Froch in this one

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 03-01-2012

Well be ready to chalk up a first loss for Bute. No way in hell Bute is getting a decision in Nottingham. Unless he KO's Froch, he is losing. I am not sure why he agreed to this? Froch needs…

Comment by Money_May on 03-01-2012

YES!!!! a big fight that I ain't gotta stay up until 4-5AM for!

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