Hopkins: Froch should fight Andre Dirrell!
By Scott Gilfoid: 47-year-old WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins sees a potential fight between IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute and Carl Froch as being a bad one for boxing fans given how badly Froch was whipped by Hopkins clone WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward last month in the Super Six finals.
Instead of Froch being the one that faces Bute, Hopkins himself wants to be the one facing Bute next. In the meantime, Hopkins feels that the best fight for the 34-year-old Froch to take is for him to fight a very much needed rematch against Andre Dirrell, who Froch beat by a controversial 12 round split decision in October 2009 in Froch’s home city of Nottingham, England.
Hopkins said this to eastsideboxing.com’s On the Ropes Boxing Radio program earlier today “He [Froch] should fight Andre Dirrell.”
I have to say, I totally agree with Mr. Hopkins. Froch needs to fight Dirrell again in a neutral venue for him to try and clear up the stain of his controversial decision win from three years ago.
I also think Hopkins-Bute is good fight for Showtime and I’d much rather see that fight than see Bute beat up on Froch in Montreal, Canada.
Froch needs to redeem himself by facing Dirrell before he gets another title shot against someone like Bute or the winner of the April 14th fight between WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and Mikkel Kessler. It sends the wrong message to give a fighter coming off of a loss a title shot like Froch. He needs to prove himself against the talented Dirrell before he’s given another title shot.