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Carl Froch Admits There is "A lot To Prove" Against Bute

Carl Froch admits he has "a lot to prove" against Lucian Bute on Saturday when he tries to bounce back from his second career defeat to become a three-time world champion.

The Englishman lost his WBC super-middleweight belt to classy American Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six tournament in New Jersey before Christmas to incur only his second professional loss.

Yet the 34-year-old has been granted an instant shot at redemption when he challenges IBF champion Bute on home turf at Nottingham's Trent FM Arena this weekend.

For Canada-based Romanian southpaw Bute it is a chance to prove himself in a rare appearance on away turf.

For Froch, whose only other defeat was by Mikkel Kessler in Denmark in 2010, it is the chance to exorcise some of the ghosts from December's defeat by Ward and underline his world title pedigree.

"It was a very bad night for me against Ward and I've got a lot to prove now," he said. "This is the comeback from the bitter disappointment on that night in Atlantic City. I've been on the road now for three years, fighting away from home.

"Nothing has been comfortable, nothing has been easy, but there is a really good feel about this fight with it being in Nottingham.

"I've got a fantastic fanbase, as proved by the fact the arena is going to be sold out.

"With the career I've had, over the last three years I've been through every emotion. I've been through the highs and lows. I know what it's like to taste defeat and it's not nice."

Froch (28-2, 20KO wins) added: "I've come back from a very, very close, dubious decision against Mikkel Kessler, to put on a career-best performance against Arthur Abraham.

"It wasn't my night against Andre Ward in Atlantic City and I lost a very close fight against a top fighter. I'm going to put it right on Saturday against Lucian Bute.

"He is coming to Nottingham - my city, my hometown, my fortress - anyone who is anyone is going to be there on Saturday shouting and cheering for me, and that's going to give me such a lift. I know what it's like to fight against the crowd from when I went to Denmark to fight Mikkel Kessler.

"He's like David Beckham over there, he gets blanket coverage in the papers all week, and you could hear a pin drop when I was landing my shots.

"There was no respect for 'The Cobra' out there. There was no noise, no love, nothing.

"So I know how that feels and it doesn't matter whether you're unbeaten or a champion, when you step into the arena and you're doing your work and it's silent, but when you're opponent lets his shots go the crowd erupt and you feel the vibrations through your chest. The sound is deafening, it takes you down when you're under fire."

Bute, a Romanian based in Quebec, Canada where he has a huge following, said: "I'm excited. Two months ago I was here for the press conference and then I went to Florida for my training camp for seven weeks.

"It was a good, good training camp despite a little technical problem (a foot infection).

"I'm very happy, I've worked very hard for this fight. I know it's not an easy fight for me but I came here to win. I'm a winner."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTER1454 on 05-24-2012

[QUOTE=Alpha & Omega;12163821]Actually Carl has nothing to prove, because we have already seen everything he is capable of, which personally, I don't think is that much. Anyone who thinks Froch is a great boxer does not know the first thing…

Comment by K2ray on 05-24-2012

[QUOTE=Alpha & Omega;12163821]Actually Carl has nothing to prove, because we have already seen everything he is capable of, which personally, I don't think is that much. Anyone who thinks Froch is a great boxer does not know the first thing…

Comment by Weebler I on 05-24-2012

[QUOTE=VatoMulatto;12163658]True! the fight wasn't close at all. I gave Carl three rounds but I remember that two of the judges had it 115-113....so Carl could always say it was a close fight and tell people to check out the score…

Comment by SAJ10 on 05-24-2012

Hitman lol think again We'll see - I think Bute is hype and if he proves me wrong on sat night I'll hold my hands up and say i called this one wrong. People seem to forget - Bute best…

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 05-23-2012

Actually Carl has nothing to prove, because we have already seen everything he is capable of, which personally, I don't think is that much. Anyone who thinks Froch is a great boxer does not know the first thing about the…

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