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Bute vs. Froch set for May 12th, expected to be announced on Friday

Carl Froch Lucian ButeBy Scott Gilfoid: It looks like IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KO’s) has finally bagged his prize by landing a fight against former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) on May 12th in Nottingham, England, according to RDS.ca. There is expected to be announcement about the fight this Friday unless the negotiations drag a little further.

The fight won’t be televised by SHOWTIME, as they’ll be taking a pass on this fight and instead will be waiting until Bute faces one of the talented Dirrell brothers or WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO’s). Bute and his promoter Jean Bedard of InterBox settled on wanting a fight against the 34-year-old Froch a long time ago despite his struggles in the Super Six tournament where Froch lost two out of four fights, and arguably should have lost three of four due to his win over Andre Dirrell being a very controversial win.

But perhaps that’s exactly why Bute wants him. He has to see the weakness there, the flaws such as Froch’s lack of hand speed, his nasty habit of keeping his guard low, and his sometimes clumsy footwork. Why else would Bute want to fight a guy that just got dominated by Ward? That doesn’t make sense unless you’re looking to get a leftover to add to your collection. Froch is still a huge step up from the awful opposition that Bute has build his record on, so I kind of understand the move to try and get a fight against Froch. If you’re Bute and his promoter, you don’t want to take a huge leap up in competition all at once after all those years of soft dining. Froch is kind of middle guy, while the Dirrell brothers rest at the second perch and Ward at the very top top branch looking down.

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