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Froch could face Bute twice in 2012

Andre Ward Carl FrochBy Scott Gilfoid: It looks like Carl Froch is going to have a soft landing from his one-sided 12 round decision loss to Andre Ward last Saturday night in the United States.


Instead of having to claw his way back to the top of the scrap heap, Froch is getting a limo ride to the top and will likely be facing IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute not once but twice in 2012. This after Froch was beat like a bad habit by the talented American Ward and made to look like a sloppy out of element 2nd tier scrapper.

Ward dominated Froch and left no question about who the best fighter is in the division. While Froch was taking his lumps from Ward, Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn was working quietly behind the scenes in putting the foundations for a two-fight deal with Bute for Froch in 2012.

This was only possible because Ward wants Bute to earn a fight with him instead of being given a shot on a silver platter. But at the same it’s a genius move by Ward and it shows what an agile mind he’s got. The reason is because an eventual fight between him and Bute will be that much bigger after Bute makes easy work of Froch. I think it’s silly for Bute to have to beat Froch twice, because once is plenty enough.

Hearn told the Guardian.co.uk “I want to do April in Canada, and July or August at the City Ground in Nottingham. They [Bute’s promoters] were very receptive to that.“

Bute wants to get a shot at Froch to shut his yap for all the downgrading Froch has been doing about Bute’s skills. Froch doesn’t see Bute on his level. Well, this will be Froch’s opportunity to prove it.

I think Bute is going to tear Froch a new backside and it’ll be sickening if there’s two fights between them. What will Froch do if/when he loses twice to Bute? That would mean that Froch would have lost his three fights. You got to figure his career will be in tatters by then. He’ll no choice but to move up to the light heavyweight division to try and resurrect his career in that weakened division.


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