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!”