By Ryan Burton
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute appeared on the latest edition of The Boxing Lab, BoxingScene.com's official audio show. The Montreal, Quebec based fighter faces Super Six tournament runner-up Carl Froch on May 26th in his hometown of Nottingham, UK.
Showtime signed Bute to a 3 fight contract in hopes of matching him with the eventual tournament winner that ended up being Andre Ward. Prior to winning the Super Six trophy, Ward appeared on board with the plan but changed his mind shortly after his tournament clinching win over Froch. When I asked Bute for his opinion on Ward's change of heart he said that he had no idea why Ward declined the fight.
"What is weird is before the Super 6 tournament he said that it would be great for the winner to fight Bute. Then after the tournament he changed his mind. Who knows why. Only he knows why he said that. You would have to ask him," Bute told The Boxing Lab.
Ward now appears headed towards a showdown against WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson on September 8th. Bute feels that their fight will be a tactical battle that both fighters will have a good shot at winning.
"This is a fight that I guess a lot of people want to see. I don't think it will be a great action fight but it will be a strategy filled fight. It is a 50-50 fight in my mind," stated Bute. "Ward always finds a way to win yet Dawson has fought a lot of top guys and lately has found a way to win all of his fights," he concluded.
You can hear the full interview by clicking http://tobtr.com/s/3137153
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