Bute craving respect Joe Calzaghe attracted, Carl Froch wants to give Lucian the Arthur Abraham treatment

20 Mar

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

The longest-reigning world champion in the super middleweight division, Lucian Bute, has long lobbied for a high-profile fight in order to silence his detractors who claim his nine defences of the IBF belt thus far have mostly been fought against fringe contenders. In Super Six finalist Carl Froch, the undefeated southpaw has just that, and by competing in the Cobra’s home-town, Bute hopes to emulate the respect Joe Calzaghe received when he took on Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr when, in his final two contests in 2008, he left Britain and boxed in the US.

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Froch and Bute, their dukes and the world championship title on the line. Credit: Interbox

A 32-year-old with monstrous power, portside posturing, a deft uppercut and a body-punching expert, Bute’s list of scalps have included Glen Johnson, Brian Magee, Edison Miranda, William Joppy and Sakio Bika, however, he has seldom boxed outside of his comfort zone having mostly entertained his huge fanbase in Montreal.

“For me, it’s the right time to come away from home and defend my belt and in my heart I believe I will be victorious,” said Bute (30-0-0, 24ko), confident he can inflict a second successive and third overall defeat onto Froch when they meet on Saturday, May 26 at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.

“I’ve been criticised for not fighting away from home,” he added. “I remember when Joe Calzaghe fought away from home at the end of his career he received the respect he deserved for doing that [Mario Veit in Germany, 2005; Hopkins in Las Vegas; 2008 and Jones Jr in New York City, 2008] and that’s what I am looking to do.

“Carl is a good strong aggressive fighter. He will have 9,000 cheering for him and not many for me. It has all the ingredients for a great fight.”

Bute has a half inch height advantage over the 6'1 Froch. Credit: Interbox

Never one to shy away from a tough fight, Froch (28-2-0, 20ko) has won fans the world over for continuously taking on top-ten ranked 168lbers. Since decisioning Jean Pascal in 2008, Froch has not only tested himself against the division’s elite, but has also done so in his opponent’s backyard… the last time he competed on home canvas was a slim points win over Andre Dirrell in 2009.

“It’s great to be back in Nottingham – it’s been too long,” said the Briton. “I am so pumped up for the fight and I’ve got to give Lucian Bute credit. I’ve given him stick in the past for not fighting the top opposition, he didn’t enter the Super Six but he beat who was put in front of him.

“He’s not often fought out of his hometown so to put his title on the line in my backyard he’s either very confident or very stupid – I think he’s very confident and he’s the champion, so why not be confident.”

Froch’s most recent outing was a one-sided decision defeat to super middleweight ruler Andre Ward. His only other loss was a fight of the year nominee with Mikkel Kessler in 2010, however, after the Kessler bout, Froch took on Arthur Abraham and did everything but knock the former middleweight king out as he secured a landslide victory on points, giving the Germany-based Armenian a facial battering.

“I’m coming into the fight on the back of a loss, and when I did that after the Kessler defeat I was so tuned in to beating Arthur Abraham and it was a whitewash – and that’s how I feel about this fight. I’ve got a lot of respect for Lucian – he is a top level athlete and so am I, there’s no needle between us and there doesn’t need to be, as the fight speaks for itself.”

A huge gate is expected to turn out for the May 26 match-up at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham. Credit: Interbox

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3 Responses to “Bute craving respect Joe Calzaghe attracted, Carl Froch wants to give Lucian the Arthur Abraham treatment”

  1. EZ E March 20, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    Froch will eat alot of leather in this one. Too defensively flawed to come out on top. Bute clearly wins in a good one,

  2. Joe Hand March 21, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    I like Froch, his elite run is rare, but I also like Bute and think Bute will actually knock him out. Not concussively but painfully, with a shot to the body. blam

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