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Bute Wants Ward To Win, But Gives Dawson The Edge

By Keith Idec

Lucian Bute still wants to fight Andre Ward to try to prove he is the best super middleweight in boxing.

The undefeated southpaw won’t worry, however, about out-doing Ward when he encounters Carl Froch on Saturday night in Nottingham, England, Froch’s hometown. The Romanian-born Bute knows, of course, that outside observers will promptly compare how he fares against Froch to Ward’s win over the former WBC 168-pound champion (EPIX; 6 p.m. EDT; 3 p.m. PDT).

“It makes sense to think that way, but I don’t want to make the mistake of thinking beyond Carl Froch,” Bute said. “I’m here [in England], I’ve been focusing on this guy right now, and people can make their own call on this. People are going to make their own evaluation, but now I would like to say I, yes, I want to compare myself [to Ward]. But at the same time, I’m just now focusing on Carl Froch.”

Ward defeated Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) relatively easily in Showtime’s “Super Six World Boxing Classic” final Dec. 17 in Atlantic City. The unbeaten WBA/WBC super middleweight champion declined to box Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) in his next fight, which left to pursue fighting Froch, who lost a unanimous decision to Ward.

If Froch beats Bute, they’ll head toward an immediate rematch in Montreal, Bute’s adopted hometown. If Bute wins, he’ll wait and want Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) to defeat Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs, 2 NC) in their probable Sept. 8 fight for Ward’s super middleweight titles.

If Bute and Ward win, a potential bout between them would be even bigger early next year because Bute will have beaten perhaps his toughest opponent to date and Ward will have defeated a gifted fighter commonly considered boxing’s best light heavyweight.

“It’s going to be a technical fight, a [strategic] fight,” Bute said of Dawson-Ward. “And I think that it doesn’t interfere right now with what I am doing. And I think, at the end of the day, when you keep winning, everybody wants to see the winner(s) … and the best fight the best.”

When asked to assess Dawson-Ward, Bute said, “I think it’s very, very close, about 50-50. But I would give a little edge to Dawson right now.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxingwizard on 05-27-2012

[QUOTE=mistermartin;12160665]Bro...Hopkins kept chad off balance all night. Why else would a 29 yr old only throw 31 more punches than bernard... Do you really think Dawson is so inept not to be able to adjust to a man simply moving…

Comment by mistermartin on 05-24-2012

[QUOTE=HeroBando;12166969]Fair enough, but I gotta disagree with you again on Tarver. He's far from garbage, he'd school most of the top 10 at lhw and smw if he could still make 175. He'd take apart 3 of the 4 beltholders…

Comment by Zombieguy on 05-24-2012

Great fight but I think Dawson may be too big for Ward, and it kind of ruins the Bute fight, not that the fraud Bute would've won but still

Comment by HeroBando on 05-24-2012

[QUOTE=mistermartin;12166927]We simply disagree.[/QUOTE] Fair enough, but I gotta disagree with you again on Tarver. He's far from garbage, he'd school most of the top 10 at lhw and smw if he could still make 175. He'd take apart 3 of…

Comment by mistermartin on 05-24-2012

[QUOTE=elijahlyric;12164861]You guys must not really watch and understand boxing. Johnson's , Bhops, and tarver are use to using thier strength. Dawson is very physical and strong, whether you want to believe it or not. That's one of Dawson's best attribute!…

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