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Team Bute: Ward is Not Ready, Wants an Easier Fight

By Edward Chaykovsky

The president of Sportscene and InterBox, Jean Bédard, made it very clear - IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute will not chase after, or wait around, for a unification with Super Six tournament winner Andre Ward. After Ward recently decisioned Carl Froch to unify the WBA/WBC titles, he was challenged by Bute. Bedard was advised by Ward's promoter, Dan Goossen, of their intentions to pursue other opportunities.

"Ward and his promoter were clear, he is looking for a an easier fight and he is not ready for Lucian. We are certainly not going to run after him all year. We have other options," Bedard said.

While Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) is out of the mix, the most likely option right now is Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KOs). Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) and his team are interested in facing Froch as soon as possible.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 12-26-2011

[QUOTE=elgu;11601795][B]It's the champs job is to defend the championship against the best available contender[/B] and right now that is Bute not Froch. The best against the best, that's what boxing should be about. I have no problem with champions taking…

Comment by turbotime on 12-25-2011

[QUOTE=elgu;11601795]It's the champs job is to defend the championship against the best available contender and right now that is Bute not Froch. The best against the best, that's what boxing should be about. I have no problem with champions taking…

Comment by elgu on 12-25-2011

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;11601249]Excellent, Froch it is then. [B]The champ will tell Bute when/where to fight when he is ready.[/B] Ward has never ducked anyone, so Bute will get his shot if he stays relevant. It aint gonna hurt him to get a…

Comment by turbotime on 12-25-2011

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;11601239][B]But beating Magee and Brinkley was ?[/B] I agree with you about rankings. How the fuk is Bute ranked higher than Froch or Kessler ?[/QUOTE] Huh, who said that?

Comment by LeadUppercut on 12-25-2011

[QUOTE=FirePunch;11599102]Time for ward to look for " MORE STATUES TO FIGHT " He knows bute is just too damn good . Bute feints , jabs , has great footwork ,speed , power , body shots etc..... Im not too sold…

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