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Jean Pascal wants to fight on May 25 despite Lucian Bute withdrawal

7 May
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Tommy Barber – London

The highly-anticipated duel between Canadian prizefighters Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal, dubbed the greatest fight in Canada’s storied history, has been postponed. Following on from the official announcement by InterBox earlier, co-promoter Yvon Michel accepted the decision, claiming it is an unfortunate part of the sport of boxing.

Pascal v Bute

“Obviously, when we first heard the news a few hours ago, we were all in shock,” said Michel. “This is part of boxing and we are aware that we have to live and deal with these contingencies. Our perception is that this only a postponement. We ask Quebec to show understanding and patience. We wish a speedy recovery to Lucian.”

Jean Pascal added: “I was so excited when I met with the media last week. I thought that I was in the best shape of my life and very optimistic about my fight with Bute. We now need to start over but I am a professional. I know that these things happen and I think that sooner or later, we will both be in the ring to settle our differences.  And I would like to add that I would still fight on May 25; I am ready to face anyone.”

GYM and InterBox are currently in a research and analysis solution mode. Full details will be announced as soon as there are new developments.

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David Price v Matt Skelton on Nov 30; Tyson Fury v Kevin Johnson on Dec 1

23 Nov

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David Price is giving fans the chance to lead his ringwalk when he defends his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against Matt Skelton next week. The unbeaten scouser faces Skelton at Aintree Equestrian Centre on Friday, November 30 and is holding a charity auction to carry his belts to the ring. Price will give all the money raised to the Alder Hay Imagine appeal and the Hillsborough Justice Campaign for the Commonwealth belt.

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The winner will also get two VIP tickets including full hospitality and also an invite to an exclusive VIP after show party.

Price said: “The reason I support Alder Hay is because both of my kids were treated there and were so well looked after. I will support the hospital for the rest of my career.

“They do amazing work.”

He added: “The Hillsborough Campaign is very close to my heart. I am a proud Liverpool fan, but Hillsborough is something that even non-Liverpool fans are behind.”

There is a top class undercard including Darren Hamilton’s British light-welterweight title defence against local boxer Steve Williams. Other boxers in action include Joe Selkirk, Danny Price, Tony Dodson, Mike Stafford, Andy Colquahoun, Wayne Adeniyi, Neil Perkins and Tommy Carrus.

To bid for the belts send your offer to auction@frankmaloney.com.

Super Channel, Canada’s only national English pay television network, is pleased to present a special edition of Super Channel Fights courtesy of Hennessy Sports on Saturday, December 1 at 4 pm ET, when Britain’s unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury steps into the ring against American Kevin Johnson, live from Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Tyson Fury (19-0-0, 14ko) will take a massive step towards a world title fight in 2013 when he meets Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (28-2-1, 13ko) for an exciting 12-round international match.

Tough American Johnson will come to Belfast to boost his own world title credentials again as he went the distance with WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in 2009. Exciting unbeaten Fury expects 6’3 Johnson, to be his hardest opponent to date and believes the fans at the Odyssey and those watching live on Super Channel will be in for a real treat.

Fury commented: “Johnson is just the kind of opponent that I want at this stage of my career. We needed a world class fighter and we have got one and when I take him apart the world will sit up and take notice. I’m not going around getting opponents out of graveyards, fighting guys well past their best like some other heavyweights in Britain, I’m taking on Kevin Johnson who has fought for a major world title and been the distance with Vitali.

“I am getting closer to a shot at Klitschko myself and I’m going to show Vitali why he has to fight me because when I do a number on Johnson and get him out of there I’ll have done a better job than Vitali did on him. I’m really looking forward to fighting again in Belfast, the support I get there is great and to bring such a big fight there is terrific for the fans. Johnson is going to be tough, he’s a hard man but I’ll be in the best shape of my life. The fans can expect fireworks, that’s for sure.”

Promoter Mick Hennessy says Johnson is going to be the perfect world class test for Fury at this stage of his career: “Kevin Johnson has been there and done it and he wants another shot at the world title and he sees Tyson as the route to that, that’s why he has taken the fight,” commented Hennessy.

“He’s a very dangerous opponent, he’s a clever boxer, he’s never been stopped and he can punch so Tyson has his work cut out. But I believe that Tyson is the best heavyweight in the world and he’ll show that again with the way he takes care of Johnson. Johnson has been asking for this fight for a long time and we have granted his wish unlike a lot of other fighters who have avoided him as he is a very dangerous fighter over 12 rounds.”

Former world heavyweight title challenger Johnson is coming to Belfast full of confidence with his sights set on railroading Fury’s world title aspirations. Johnson said: “I’m excited about the opportunity to step into the ring with Tyson Fury on December 1, in Belfast. It’s a fight that I’ve been looking to make for a long time. It’s going to be the best American fighter against the best fighter in the UK.

“I give Tyson all the credit in the world for stepping up to the plate and taking the fight. This is the biggest fight of my career since my world title fight against Vitali Klitschko in 2009 and I look forward to giving the fans what they deserve, an action packed, explosive and exciting fight.

“Tyson is a helluva fighter but he’s never seen anything like the ‘Kingpin’ up close and personal. I’m on a mission to claim the heavyweight title and Tyson Fury is in my way. I’m not Dereck Chisora or Neven Pajkic. I’m the real deal and Tyson will find that out on December 1. Don’t blink; it’s going to be a short night.”

Bute trainer Stephan Larouche: Lucian will spoil and neutralise Carl Froch’s strength like Andre Ward did

24 Apr

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Words: Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Reigning IBF super middleweight title holder Lucian Bute and head coach Stephan Larouche are five weeks away from entering their enemy’s terrain to take on their tenth championship challenger Carl Froch at the Capital FM Arena, Nottingham on Saturday, May 26. Currently training in West Palm Beach, Florida, both Bute and Larouche have divulged certain aspects of their camp as they bid to quieten the expected partisan crowd in England.

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Fight is still over one month away but Bute - ever the athlete - already looks like he is in exceptional condition

Detailing their camp to date and plans for the immediate future, Larouche said: “We had a good start to training camp in February, sparring started three weeks ago [and] we leave Florida around mid-May to travel to England to acclimate, finalise preparations and add the finishing touches before the fight.”

Despite an undefeated record, nine successful defences and notable victories over Edison Miranda, Brian Magee and Glen Johnson, Bute (30-0-0, 24ko) has attracted criticism for the perceived lack of quality opponents when compared to those aligned with the Super Six World Boxing Classic finalists; Froch and Andre Ward. By taking on Froch, who continuously takes on the world’s best, Bute aims to silence the censure, however, in the words of his trainer, it will not come easy.

“We fully expect Lucian to experience some discomfort,” stated Larouche. “Fighting in England will be difficult [as] winning in Europe as the opposing boxer almost never happens. Lucian will have to play the spoiler. Most of the fans in attendance will be against him. Nobody there other than a few fans will want him to win. This is the first time that Lucian will live this experience. Lucian will have to work harder than he does for his fights in Quebec and if he does, at the end of the evening, he will be the hero of the crowd.”

Bute has amassed a reputation as both a headhunter due to his concussive uppercuts (see: victory over Jean Paul Mendy) as well as a bodysnatcher because of his tortuous punches to the midsection (see: triumph over Magee). The Canadian-Romanian, though, also has ring smarts and, against a fighter famed for his pressure and warrior kinsmanship, it is Bute’s ability to use the ring and keep himself out of harm’s way that could see him negate Froch’s advantages – much like Andre Dirrell tried to do (2009) and Andre Ward succeeded in (2011).

“Carl Froch has many strengths and we have to neutralise them all, as Andre Ward did last December,” Larouche conceded in a statement that implies the Super Six final could be a fight that influences how Larouche and Bute approach combat with Carl the Cobra. “Froch has an awkward style,” he added. “Lucian should expect to be hit from unconventional angles: From below, sideways, et cetera. Rest assured we are training to adapt to all situations.”

Bute is renowned for his heavy hands and body nor head is safe from his attack

“By saying yes to fight Carl Froch in his hometown, I’m showing the world that I can fight anybody anywhere,” Bute said. “I expect a tough fight.”

Larouche has not only been devising strategy, engaging in pad-work and ensuring Bute’s body is in condition but also working on the mental aspects of fighting away from home comforts, as Lucian explained: “While training we recreate the atmosphere of what we expect to hear at the Capital FM Arena of Nottingham. I can’t hear the bell and I can’t even hear my coach talking to me. I will be ready to face not only Carl Froch but also the hostile atmosphere of Froch’s fans.

“I am training for a 12 round war so I am sure to have all the energy required to fight Carl Froch in his hometown. My objective is to win the fight and stay world champion.”

Only 20 percent of Bute’s opponents have managed to survive until the final bell. Froch, conversely, has never been knocked out. Is Lucian aiming to become the first to canvas the battle-tested 34-year-old? “I don’t target the KO but if it comes I will jump all over it,” he said, before concluding: “A KO would be a terrific ending to my fight.”

Becoming the first to kayo Froch would enhance Bute's reputation, fanbase and media profile

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Adonis Stevenson sparks out Noe Gonzalez, eyes Lucian Bute fight in Montreal

21 Apr

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson out-gunned Noe Gonzalez at the Bell Centre, Montreal on Friday, April 20 as he teekayoed the Uruguayan in just two rounds following a shellacking of hooks and straight left punches. Gonzalez was overmatched as Stevenson looked a class above. The Canada-based southpaw picked up further titles and spoke of a lucrative match-up with IBF world champion at super middleweight Lucian Bute.

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Delgado’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Gonzalez
9 8

Stevenson
10 10

Official verdict: Stevenson by way of referee intervention (second round TKO).

World-ranked by all the major sanctioning bodies, Stevenson – with concussive one-punch power – took control of the fight within seconds against a Uruguayan, also known for his ability to crack heads, who had only been defeated once – by Felix Sturm five years ago. Gonzalez largely fought on the defensive in round one while Stevenson peppered him with southpaw jabs.

Stevenson unleashed his notoriously monstrous power in round two as he pounded a covering-up Gonzalez with hooks and straights until the South American was backed into a corner. With his hackles raised, Stevenson put Gonzalez on weakened legs twice with power bombs and it was these hard shots that prompted the referee Michael Griffin to stop the fight and award the Superman with a technical knockout victory.

The stoppage may have been regarded by some ringside observers as premature, but Gonzalez was getting tagged with heavy leather and had stopped defending himself.

“I’m not the referee, the referee stopped the fight, I was just doing my job,” said Stevenson to ESPN regarding Griffin’s stoppage. He continued: “I know this guy had a tight defence that’s why I jabbed. I saw a good opportunity and then I kept going and bang that’s it.

“[Trainer Emanuel Steward] helps me with my balance, my jab, my movement. He is good, great, the best trainer. Next… that’s up to my promoter and Emanuel, my manager. Lucian Bute would be a top, big, big fight.”

With the swift triumph, Adonis Stevenson moves to 18-1-0, 15ko and now holds a quartet of belts including IBF Inter-Continental super middleweight title, the WBC Silver belt, the WBO NABO belt and the NABA crown. Gonzalez fell back to 28-3-0, 20ko.

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Carl Frampton and Pier Olivier Cote in separate bouts on Carl Froch v Lucian Bute undercard

18 Apr

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Carl Frampton will provide the chief support on the undercard of Carl Froch’s IBF super middleweight world title challenge to Lucian Bute in Nottingham on May 26. The Commonwealth super bantamweight champion will fight at the Capital FM Arena in front of a huge global audience with the event aired by EPIX in the United States, Canada, Russia, Germany, Spain, Scandinavia and Japan, amongst others.

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The unbeaten 25-year-old defended his Commonwealth title for the second time in Sheffield on March 17 with a second round knockout of Ghanaian Prosper Ankrah, following his explosive win over Kris Hughes at York Hall, Bethnal Green in January with a knockout of the year contending right hand in the seventh.

It’s a stacked undercard of young talent with Islington’s Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng defending his English light middleweight title against Nottingham’s AA Lowe, who landed the shot at Ochieng after beating fellow Nottinghamshire fighter Terry Maughan with a fourth round stoppage to claim the British Masters title.

International flavour is added by Bute’s fellow Canadian Pier Olivier Cote and the IBF Inter-Continental light welterweight champion will face Wolverhampton’s Mark Lloyd as Cote fights for the first time in the UK.

Islington’s exciting middleweight star John Ryder is looking to move to 11-0 and faces a tough night against Yorkshire’s Luke Robinson, and fellow Matchroom Sport fighter Ryan Aston also fights on the bill.

Team GB star Scotty Cardle will make his third pro outing and local fighters Leigh Wood and Adnan Amar will also taste the action on a huge night of top class action in their city.

“It’s a great line-up and another chance for Carl Frampton to get massive exposure,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “The unbeaten super bantamweight star heads an exciting undercard group alongside Erick Ochieng, Pier Olivier Cote, John Ryder, Ryan Aston and Scotty Cardle, who will provide plenty of entertainment to a global TV audience before the mouth-watering main event.”

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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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Gladiatorial Briton Carl Froch continues his gauntlet run by taking on Lucian Bute, May 26 bout booked

4 Mar

Tommy Barber – London

Emerging road warrior Carl Froch, who has – in his last six outings – boxed in Connecticut, Atlantic City, Finland and Denmark, returns to his home town in Nottingham to challenge for another world title. The two-time WBC super middleweight champion takes on undefeated knockout artist Lucian Bute, who will be the away fighter for the first time in his tenure as the IBF championship incumbent at 168lbs when he travels to the Capital FM Arena on May 26.

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After unsuccessful attempts to align himself with Kessler, Bute now has a big fight with Froch. Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

Before the dawn of the reality television era in the 00’s, game shows were the bread-and-butter of Saturday nights at home with Gladiators becoming a popular staple in the US, UK and Australia. Amateur athletes were pitted against each other in a series of events which tested the contestants’ strength and agility… imposing gladiators, often notable sportspeople, provided obstacles to the amateurs’ path to points.

One such event was ‘Gauntlet’ (pictured below) where a number of gladiators armed with padded weapons blocked a runway that contests had to pass if they were to succeed. Each gladiator was as powerful as the next and, depending on the country and edition of the show, the combatants would sometimes have to pass as many as five of these brutes.

Carl Froch (28-2-0, 20ko) has long been navigating his way through boxing’s undoubtedly tougher equivalent.

Contender; ready! Credit: Chris Haston

His gauntlet already consists of the scalps of former light heavyweight ruler Jean Pascal, former middleweight star Jermain Taylor, 2004 bronze medal Olympian Andre Dirrell, ex middleweight king Arthur Abraham and resilient former light heavyweight titlist Glen Johnson, while coming unstuck in battles with former two-time WBA and WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler and undefeated unified titlist at 168lbs Andre Ward. Between them, they currently hold an astonishing record of 228-28-3, 156ko, with the bulk of the losses coming from Johnson and only Taylor having been defeated by knockout.

Froch’s run of tough fights continues with Bute, a fierce body-puncher who also possesses a concussive uppercut together with a high ring IQ and good foot skills.

“It’s a dream come true to get this opportunity to become a three-time world champion in my hometown of Nottingham,” commented Froch. “The Super Six was an incredible journey for me but I missed fighting in the UK and it was important that [promoter] Eddie [Hearn, of Matchroom Sports’ boxing division] and I made that happen and for it to be for a world title is the icing on the cake.

“I’m ready to go to war all over again.”

Hearn added: “We are delighted to have agreed terms for what I believe will be the biggest night for British boxing in many years.”

Bute, like Froch’s most recent opponent Andre Ward, is only accustomed to one result as a professional – victory, however, his road to supremacy has been much smoother than Froch’s weather-beaten track. The granite-chinned Englishman is perceived to provide Bute with his great examination to date, yet Lucian is fully confident the red belt will be making the return trip to Canada.

“Carl Froch belongs in the elite of the super middleweight division and it will be a great fight,” Bute (30-0-0, 24ko) remarked. “I am very confident and it will not faze me fighting in enemy territory. Supporters of Carl Froch will live their greatest disappointment. The IBF belt will fly roundtrip Montreal-Nottingham and back!”

Froch’s head coach Rob McCracken and Bute’s trainer Stephen Larouche have both promised to ready their prizefighter for an “explosive” contest and, considering their penchant for getting stuck into war, these two gladiators will be armed with dynamite rather than pads…

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Adonis Stevenson hospitalises Jesus Gonzales with hadouken first round kayo

19 Feb

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

An early nomination for knockout of the year will have been submitted on Saturday, February 18 as Adonis Stevenson knocked Jesus Gonzales unconscious after just one half of a completed round at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec in Canada. The devastating punch was by no means a fluke as the flush left cross was a shot that been executed in the build-up to the stoppage, as is evidenced by the footage below.

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Gonzales was flat on his back, arms still in the air while Stevenson celebrated a devastating victory. The fallen fighter was then taken to a waiting ambulance where he was carted off to a local hospital where he received a precautionary check-up.

The fight followed an unsavoury build-up as Stevenson had accused Gonzales of making racially disparaging comments, however, with the thumping win, the Haiti-born Quebec-resident retains possession of the IBF Intercontinental super middleweight belt and occupies the number two spot in the IBF rankings having succeeded in their official eliminator.

Stevenson (17-1-0, 14ko) is building increasing momentum for a mandatory fight with the IBF’s current champion, the long-reigning Lucian Bute, an undefeated pugilist who has also made Canada his fighting home. A match-up between the two, therefore, would be momentous.

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Bareknuckle heavyweight king Bobby Gunn to re-enter gloved boxing, James Toney bout booked

17 Feb

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Former IBA cruiserweight world champion Bobby Gunn will fight current IBA heavyweight belt holder James Toney on April 7 in a 12-round fight at the Landers Center in Southaven, MS. Gunn (21-4-0, 18ko) has been inactive from pro boxing since his title fight against Tomasz Adamek in 2009, a fight he lost due to stoppage. Since, Gunn has stepped away from the gloved sport to focus on the reemergence of bare knuckle boxing.

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Can Toney dodge Gunn's bullets? Credit: Blitzco

Last summer, Gunn claimed the heavyweight world BKB title when he defeated Richard Stewart by way of KO in the third round of the first sanctioned BKB fight in 123 years. In recent weeks there had been much buzz about a potential cruiserweight showdown between Gunn and Roy Jones Jr, though nothing materialised. When presented with the opportunity to fight Toney for the heavyweight belt, Gunn quickly accepted the offer.

“It is an honour for me to have the chance to fight for such a prestigious title,” said Gunn. “I have worked my whole life to get a shot like this and I know that James and I will put on a heavyweight fight that will bring the excitement back to a division that badly needs it.”

This fight is more than another title fight. It is historic in that it is the first time a world heavyweight BKB champion will fight a world heavyweight boxing titlist; if Bobby wins, he will be the first fighter to hold both belts concurrently.

Also with a win Bobby Gunn will join the likes of fellow IBA belt holders including Arturo Gatti, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosely and Roy Jones Jr, amongst several others.

Toney (73-7-0, 44ko) won the vacant IBA title in 2008, and is a multiple world champion winning fights over Evander Holyfield, Hasim Rahman and John Ruiz.

“James Toney is a great champion, and a very tough fighter,” said Gunn. “I am ready for war; to beat me, James Toney will have to kill me.”

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IBF install Carl Froch as Lucian Bute’s mandatory challenger, promoter Eddie Hearn wants May fight in UK

9 Feb

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Matchroom Sport have confirmed that the IBF have made Carl Froch the mandatory challenger to Lucian Bute’s super middleweight world championship title. The former two-time WBC champion had been linked to a “home and away” clash with Bute and now the 34-year-old looks set to challenge the Canadian for the title after the IBF installed him as the number one contender for the belt.

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Froch v Bute could soon materialise. Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that he has been in constant – and constructive – talks with Bute’s Interbox team since Froch completed his Super Six World Boxing Classic journey to the final against Andre Ward in December, and he hopes that the projected two-legged contests between the pair could begin in Froch’s hometown of Nottingham, in May.

“I’m delighted that Carl has been installed as the mandatory for Lucien Bute’s next bout,” said Hearn. “Positive discussions have been ongoing with Interbox since the Super Six final and we hope to get this fight made.

“It is Carl’s dream to have his next fight in the UK and that is something very important to both of us. After recent discussions, I believe we can bring Lucian here in May and we will be happy to give him the rematch in Canada once Carl has taken the IBF title from him.”

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