Hearn: Carl Froch-Lucian Bute II Not Until Early 2013

By Phil D. Jay

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn is deep in negotiations with Lucian Bute’s team for a possible rematch against IBF champion Carl Froch (29-2, 21KOs) in the early part of next year.

Froch, 34, blasted Bute out in five rounds in May to take his coveted title and the Canadian has avoided an immediate return to possibly get back to winning ways before fighting the ‘Cobra’ in 2013, according to Hearn.

"I have had lengthy discussions with Lucian Bute's team this week and it's likely the rematch will take place early in 2013 in Montreal,” Hearn told

In the meantime, Froch will concentrate on sealing a revenge mission himself against former WBC champion Mikkel Kessler and Hearn hopes to seal a deal to give his fighter home advantage in Nottingham.

"There has been plenty of hype around the Kessler fight,” said Hearn. “It's a fight we all want, but sometimes making a fight of this magnitude isn't always easy.

"Carl would step into the ring with Mikkel at any moment, but meeting his financial demands may cause more of an issue.

"Either way the fight will happen, this year or the next. It's too big a fight and occasion to miss out on."

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Weebler I on 07-01-2012

Surprised to read Bute never fought below 167, the way he wasn't able to take Froch's power suggested he was from a weight class below. Anyway, doesn't sound like the Kessler fight is happening from Hearn's comments. Alternatives for Froch?…

Comment by Sage84 on 07-01-2012

If Bute proved one thing in the last fight it was that he cant take Froch's power. As soon as Froch cracks him he'll fold again. Froch was also quicker and beat him to the punch in every exchange, Bute…

Comment by -PBP- on 07-01-2012

Bute looked real uncomfortable in the first fight with Froch. Maybe being at home allows him to relax and be more prepared this time but I think Froch's power and pressure will be too much for him.

Comment by *Stannis* on 07-01-2012

Froch will always be too strong for Bute, no matter what adjustments Bute makes.

Comment by bojangles1987 on 07-01-2012

I'm not sure how Bute can change the way he couldn't take a punch without it effecting him. Froch would probably show him less respect and start nailing him even sooner. Bute eventually has to make that rematch though, his…

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