By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
CARL FROCH will have the unusual experience of being floored – but he won’t be worried in the least.
In fact, the three-time world champion is looking forward to it as he celebrates his win over IBF super middleweight champ Lucian Bute in his own way.
Instead of spending a night on the tiles, property developer Froch will spend the day on them as he renovates a bungalow in his native Nottingham.
It was in his home town that the 34-year-old bounced back to the top of the world in the early hours of [Saturday night], by defeating Canada-based Romanian Bute.
But Froch will be on his knees this morning as he puts some new flooring into the latest property in his expanding portfolio.
He said: “I have picked medium grey lino for a bungalow I have got. I have to plywood the kitchen floor before it goes down.
“It’s hard work but, strangely, it is very relaxing for me and I won’t be complaining at all after what was a very busy night.”
Froch turned in arguably the best performance of his 31-fight career when he finished off Bute in five rounds.
He sent the 9,500-strong crowd wild with a stunning show in which he was in control throughout.
Froch was adventurous without being foolish in a fight where he was on top form with a controlled, clinical show against the previously unbeaten Bute.
After punishing Bute in the first four rounds, referee Earl Brown moved in during the fifth as the defending champion was being held up solely by the ropes.
Brown began counting before Bute’s trainer Stephane Laroche tapped him on the shoulder to concede defeat, with Froch’s delighted promoter Eddie Hearn jumping into the ring.
A relieved and elated Froch said: “I might have thought about announcing my retirement if I’d lost.
“I’m so far away from that after that performance and it was just so clinical and devastating. That was the whooping of all whoopings.
“That kind of performance beats anybody in my division. That kind of performance beats Andre Ward, of course it does.”
It was Ward who inflicted only the second defeat of Froch’s career with a points win in the Super Six final last December.
That reversal left Froch unhappy and he has admitted to his trainer Rob McCracken that he did not follow instructions.
This time, however, it was all so different as a determined Froch overwhelmed his opponent.
He said: “The Ward fight was a kick up the backside I needed. This time I listened to Rob and executed the plan correctly.”
Froch is now on a mission to avenge the only two defeats he has suffered – against Ward and Mikkel Kessler.
If he can repeat this kind of performance, few would bet against him doing precisely that.