Bute facing Froch is the wrong way to get a Ward fight
By Scott Gilfoid: There is still a possibility that IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KO’s) may sign for a two-fight deal with Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) for a couple of fights that will take up pretty much all of 2012 for Bute.
The Canadian star wants to take this fight because he feels it will lead to a fight against WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO’s). That’s the fight that Bute wants but he’s going about getting it in the same way he’s been picking his opponents in the last three years by facing lesser guys. In this case, Bute would be fighting one of Ward’s leftovers in Froch and that’s so sad to see.
Bute needs to break from the pattern he’s been fighting in and actually fight someone that’s good and is winning, not a fighter that just completely schooled by Ward. I don’t know how Bute can even consider fighting Froch because where’s the gain in beating in him? If Bute beats Froch, he won’t get any credit because Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler and Ward already did it.
If Bute loses, he’ll be laughed at and completely exposed for what a lot boxing fans already thing of him –as a fighter that cherry-picked the IBF title and then took the soft road for three straight years. There is nothing to gain from beating Froch because he’s been beaten three times already. I know technically it’s only two times, but Dirrell clearly beat Froch in their 2009 fight, so I consider Froch as having three losses instead of just two.
What Bute needs to do is listen to Ward’s instructions for him by fighting Andre Dirrell. That’s the fight that Ward suggested that Bute take, and it’s kind of disquieting that Bute would turn around and instead look to fight Froch rather than Dirrell. I sort of can understand why Bute would want to fight Froch instead of Dirrell, because Dirrell is faster than Bute, has a better jab, better foot movement, better defense and better overall power. Bute just has that uppercut that he uses all the freakin time and he’s so predictable with that punch.