By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
WORLD super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute has been accused of writing Carl Froch off prematurely.
Bute defends his IBF crown in front of a full house in Froch’s Nottingham backyard on Saturday.
But trainer Rob McCracken believes that Canadian Bute and his team have boobed by paying too much attention to Froch’s last fight.
‘The Cobra’ lost to Andre Ward on points in the Super Six final in Atlantic City in December – only the second reverse in the 34-year-old’s 30-fight career.
McCracken said: “They think that he has had too many hard fights and has maybe gone over the edge.
“They have looked at the Ward fight and think he started off slowly, his timing wasn’t there and he was open to counters.
“They think he will come on strong late on, but believe they will have a big enough lead by then to see it through.
“I think that after the Ward fight they feel Carl isn’t as dangerous as he was and they can get in and out without too much harm coming their way.”
McCracken concedes that Froch didn’t perform as well as expected against Ward, but insists that everything is now fine.
He said: “He wasn’t himself in America. He wasn’t quite himself warming up in the changing room.
“He really is somebody who needs to be at home, after being on the road for three years.
“Every fighter has a bad night – there is a bad night in everyone’s cupboard.
“Carl has put it right. We had a good chat after that fight and I said it was poor and that he couldn’t come out holding his feet and putting out slow single jabs.”
Froch hopes to have a big advantage by appearing in front of his home fans.
He said: “If Lucian thinks he can come to my town and defeat me, he has another thing coming.
“Bute is going to be under fire. I am going to let him know what he is in for from round one.
“I have a really good feeling about this fight. I have tasted defeat and it is not very nice. I don’t want to taste it again.
“Bute coming over here is a big mistake.”