Froch: I can’t contemplate losing to Bute in front of my fans
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) is facing a real throttling at the hands of IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KO’s) on May 26th at the Nottingham Arena in Nottingham, UK. And what makes this especially bad is that Froch will be fighting in front of his own British fans when he takes the beating from Bute.
It’s going to be bad for Froch unless he pulls off a miracle upset, and I don’t see that happening.
Froch said “I have to beat Lucian on May 26 – losing in front of my own fans is just something I cannot contemplate. They have traveled thousands of miles to watch me during the Super Six, and now they have a massive world title fight on their doorstep.”
It doesn’t matter whether the fight takes place in the UK or the moon, Froch is still going to lose this fight. I think he made a mistake of pushing for the fight to take place at home in Nottingham, because it’s going to be worse for Froch when Bute KO’s him with a big body shot. Froch would have been better off taking the fight in Montreal, because only a handful of his fans would be willing to fly all the way to Canada just to see the fight.
I can’t even think of a worse fighter for Froch to be taking on coming off of his one-sided decision loss to Andre Ward from last December. The idea is to get a tune-up fight after a loss as bad as Froch’s, but he’s jumping right back into the fire with this fight. I think it’s dumb, dumb and dumb of Froch. He’ll regret it when things start going bad for him in the 1st round with him eating body shots left and right.
Bute no doubt is going to need to put Froch on the canvas two or three times to make sure he gets at least a decision win out of it, because we saw how the talented Andre Dirrell was jobbed in his fight against Froch last time Froch fought at home in October of 2009. I had Dirrell winning an easy 12 round decision by the scores of 8 rounds to 3 with 1 even, but Froch was given the decision. It was laughable. I couldn’t believe how bad the scoring was, and I also was frankly shocked at how much fouling Froch was able to get away with in that fight.
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