By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
LUCIAN BUTE says he will beat the boo-boys to triumph over Carl Froch in his own backyard tomorrow night.
Canadian Bute defends his IBF world super-middleweight title against Froch in front of a hostile crowd at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena.
He knows he will be jeered and booed throughout by the partisan capacity crowd, but said: “I will turn it all to my advantage.”
Bute is undefeated in his 30 professional fights and, despite rarely fighting abroad, is confident in his ability to beat Froch – and the crowd.
The 32-year-old said: “The public will give him positive energy and I can make it work for me. Obviously the crowd will be all pumped up if he hits me. But I’ve been expecting that ever since I agreed to the fight.
“Sure, the people in the arena will all be against me, I know that. But in the ring it’s going to be just me and him.
“I’ve worked hard leading up to this and I’m going into the ring feeling such extraordinary confidence.”
Bute won the belt in 2007 and has defended it nine times, his latest success coming with a points decision over Glen Johnson in November. Froch, 34, lost his last fight against Andre Ward in the Super Six final in December.
Bute added: “At this level we are both taking a risk.
“I’m the champion and I have to take fights like this. I am part of the elite and when you are a good fighter, you have to fight the best.
“Carl Froch is very tough, good with both hands and aggressive.
“But I have worked hard physically and have changed some things.
“I am the better fighter. I am stronger, have more speed and agility and I have good movement.
“I always believe that the fighter with more speed has the advantage and I honestly believe I have the advantage in this fight.”