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Froch: We’re trying to get my first fight against Bute in England

Carl Froch Lucian ButeBy Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) says his promote Eddie Hearn is trying to negotiate for Froch’s first fight with IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KO’s) to take place in the UK rather than in Montreal, Canada but he’s not having much luck in making that happen.

Froch told Sky Sports News “We’re trying to get the first fight in England but they want the first one in Canada.”

The two-fight deal is heavily slanted in Bute’s favor due to the first fight taking place in Montreal, Canada. Froch, who no longer holds a title, doesn’t have the same bargaining room as he once did now that he’s lost his title and is coming off of a loss.

He’s kind of got to take what he’s offered if he wants to fight for a title. Bute isn’t about to turn his back on all the gate money he could get by fighting at home in Canada in front of over 10,000 fans. If Froch doesn’t want to agree to it, then he’d simply find another soft opponent the ones he’s been exclusively fighting for the past three years.

Froch, 34, really likes his chances in this fight because why else would he agree to fight in a place where few visiting fighters ever win decisions. Froch sees himself as the No. 2 fighter in the super middleweight division, oddly enough. He still sees himself as the number 2 guy despite having been beaten by Mikkel Kessler and out-boxed by Andre Dirrell.

If Froch can win the first fight with Bute, then his next fight will be in Nottingham, England, where Froch sees himself being able to pack a 10,000 seat stadium with Froch fans. Sounds good but if he doesn’t get to that point then what good is it?


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