Ward vs. Bute a possibility for May; Froch’s team not stepping up
By Scott Gilfoid: It’s looking like former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch doesn’t want any part of a fight against IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute next, as Bute’s promoter Jean Bedard from Interbox says that they’ve received no offers and he’s starting to question whether Froch fears Bute.
Bedard told the cyberpresse.ca “Frcoh wants to fight with Lucian, who is himself is ready to go. But they must make us an offer and we are still waiting. I’m starting to think Froch is afraid of Lucian.”
Thankfully, there’s someone that isn’t afraid to take the fight in the talented WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward. Bedard said “They have not closed the door. Ward is looking for an opponent.”
Bedard will be meeting with SHOWTIME next week to discuss Bute’s next fight, and he says “we’re not on the same wavelength, but it is something that can be resolved.”
I think it would be great if Ward can step up and take the fight Froch isn’t taking and show him how it’s done. I actually think it’s a good thing because Froch-Bute is a bad, bad match-up for Froch. It takes a guy with blazing hand speed, an excellent jab, a fast right hand and an ability to chase Bute down when he tries his hit and run tricks.
Bute would have a ton of problems trying to deal with Ward’s speed and his inside fighting. Bute is good at loading up with his uppercuts every now and then, but he can’t beat Ward on that punch. Bute needs something more consistent than his home run uppercut smash. That kind of thing works on limited fighters but not on guys that can nullify it like Ward and the Dirrell brothers. Bute needs more skills and I’m afraid he doesn’t have enough to get him past Ward. But, yeah, it’s a good move by Froch to avoid the Bute fight because he’d only lose and get humiliated by the Canadian-based Bute.