Lucian Bute is Open To Facing Kessler in Denmark Clash

By Luke Furman

IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24KOs), should he defeat Carl Froch (28-2, 20KOs) on Saturday night in Nottingham, is open to the idea of facing WBC silver light heavyweight champion Mikkel Kessler in Denmark, according to Bute's promoter Jean Bedard of InterBox.

Bedard was impressed with Kessler's one-punch knockout of Allan Green from Saturday night, and serious discussions have already taken place with Kalle Sauerland, who promotes Kessler.

There are issues that have to be sorted out. Bute is still contractually obligated to Showtime for at least one more fight. They would have to approve the fight with Kessler. Showtime took a pass on Bute's fight with Froch, which is now being aired on EPIX. There is also the matter of beating Froch. If the Bute loses, he is guaranteed an immediate rematch in Montreal and that would likely postpone the possibility of facing Kessler until 2013.

"We will gladly come to Denmark, if the money and the circumstances are in order," Bedard said to Peter Sloth.

"If Bute wins, we would be ready for meaningful negotiations with Kalle Sauerland and the major broadcasting companies. However, if Bute loses, then we have a clause that guarantees us a rematch in Montreal [if Bute loses]. In this case, the plans for a fight between Kessler and Bute will be put on hold for half a year's time."

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bushbaby on 05-22-2012

Worry bout Froch, cause it's not gonna be that easy buddy.

Comment by belna on 05-22-2012

bute is tied up with Showtime. I would be surprised if the US network bought a fight in Denmark when they didn't buy the bute-Froch in Canada. Will Bute delay his last contractual fight again? Would Showtime agree to do…

Comment by Alx. on 05-22-2012

[QUOTE=Mikhnienko;12155866]Lucian "The Road Warrior" Bute lol[/QUOTE] haha true that

Comment by Scary on 05-22-2012

He doesn't get my respect before he does it. Until then, it's just empty words. No two fight deal either.

Comment by BROOKLYN CESAR on 05-22-2012

Dont go praising this chump yet!! He still a ***** for not going in the super 6 tournament!!

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