1st March 2012

Matchroom Sports have confirmed that former WBC
super-middleweight champion Carl Froch will take on IBF champion Lucian Bute on
May 26th at the Nottingham Arena.

It gives “The Cobra” a chance of redemption after
his point’s loss to WBA champion Andre Ward in December in the Super Six final.
It will be Froch’s first fight in his hometown since October 2009 and he told
Matchroom Boxing’s official website, “It’s a dream come true to get this
opportunity to become a three-time World Champion in my hometown of Nottingham.

“The Super Six was an incredible journey for me but I missed fighting in the UK
and it was important that Eddie 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.”

The fight will be Bute’s tenth defence of the IBF
title after he won it against Alejandro Berriro in October 2007 via a 11th
round TKO. His record currently stands at 30 wins, 24 via KO and 0 losses since
he turned professional in 2000.

Bute told Matchroom that he is confident of being
victorious in Nottingham: “It’s my goal to fight the best boxers in super
middleweight division. Carl Froch belongs in the elite of the super
middleweight division and it will be a great fight.

“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!”

By Daniel Lee
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