Froch and Bute weigh in under the limit ahead of world title showdown
Carl Froch weighed in comfortably under the limit ahead of his world title bout with Lucian Bute in Nottingham on Saturday.
Raring to go: Carl Froch (left) and Lucian Bute weighed in under the limit
Froch said: 'He's probably brave and stupid, a bit of both, to come here. He's looking at my last fight against Ward and is thinking "maybe Froch is finished, he's coming off the back of a loss".
Carl Froch believes Lucian Bute’s decision to defend his IBF super-middleweight championship against him in his home town of Nottingham is a mixture of bravery and stupidity (Froch 17/10, Bute 1/2 to win fight with bet365).
The Cobra returns to the ring on Saturday night in his first bout since he was demolished by Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six tournament, losing his WBC championship in the process.
The defeat to Ward in Atlantic City was just the second of Froch’s career and he is now looking to get back on track by ending Bute’s current undefeated streak.
The Canadian fighter has only fought outside of North America three times but has successfully defended his IBF crown on 10 occasions, beating Glen Johnson in his last outing.
Froch has called Saturday’s clash the biggest fight of his career and has questioned whether Bute’s jaw will be able to stand up to the barrage he has promised.
The 34-year-old has also suggested Bute was foolish to take this fight in England if he expects to role over Froch as easy as Ward did in December.
“He’s probably brave and stupid, a bit of both, to come here,” Froch said. “He’s looking at my last fight against Ward and is thinking ‘maybe Froch is finished, he’s coming off the back of a loss’.
“I don’t know what he’s thinking in his mind but I just think he’s got the safety net of a rematch clause and he’s stepping up now to this level. Does he know he can do it or not? I’m not so sure if he’s convinced.
“He’ll be feeling the nerves and the pressure. He’s got a lot to prove and he’s got it all to do on Saturday against me in my hometown. It’s going to be very difficult for him to get a win in Nottingham.”
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