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THE BIG QUESTION: CAN FROCH TAME BUTE?

 

Can Carl Froch tame Lucian Bute in Nottingham tonight?

Nottingham Post

THE big question is: Can Carl Froch tame Lucian Bute in Nottingham tonight to become a three-time world champion?

The answer is: This fight is simply too close to call.

Bute has successfully defended his IBF super-middleweight title belt nine times, mostly against mediocre competition.

But he deserves massive credit for taking the risk and coming to Nottingham – even of there is already the promise of a re-match.

Froch (28(20)-2), by contrast, has only fought top-tier opposition since his thrilling war with Jean Pascal for the WBC belt, way back in 2008.

The Cobra went to America to make the first defence of the title, stopping Jermain Taylor in a dramatic final round, when he was behind on the score cards.

Next he pipped the undefeated Andre Dirrell, although some felt he got a hometown decision at the end of a poor fight.

Froch then dropped an equally close decision to Mikkel Kessler in Denmark but he won the vacant title back when he travelled to Helsinki to dominate the smaller Arthur Abraham, who had unwisely come up a weight.

Froch's next two fights were in Atlantic City, where he outworked a fading Glen Johnson and then lost a unanimous decision to Andre Ward in the final of the SuperSix.

Bute (30(24)-0) cannot claim the same level of competition, apart from his two scraps with Librado Andrade.

Bute was down in the final seconds of the first match when the referee took too much time with his count. Bute ended all the arguments when he stopped Andrade emphatically in the re-match.

Bute looked in great shape at Wednesday's Press conference after seven weeks in Florida.

He was brimming with health and confidence

"Carl Froch is very tough, good with both hands and aggressive," he said.

"But I have worked hard physically and have changed some things.

"I am the better fighter. I am stronger, have more speed and agility and I have good movement.

"I always believe that the fighter with more speed has the advantage and I honestly believe I have the advantage in this fight."

But Bute is now leaving the comfort zone of his adopted Canada. He is not boxing in front of 15,000 adoring fans in the Bell Centre in Montreal, he is stepping into the hostile environment of the Capital FM Arena. We will certainly see what he is made of now.

Bute's camp may think Froch has seen better days and is a fading force after his poor display against Ward.

But he has only boxed twice a year since 2006 and they will quickly discover that Froch still has a good chin and a good engine.

The Cobra will be out to pressurise Bute from the start; break him down and rough him up at every opportunity.

By contrast, southpaw Bute will want to keep Froch at the end of his jab and unleash punishing uppercuts when he tries to close the gap.

Bute certainly has knockout power, but will he fade in the later rounds?

Ward had an easy time with Froch because he frustrated him and disrupted his rhythm, leaving him looking for the big KO shot. It never came.

The Cobra can't afford to make the same mistake a second time at this stage of his career.

Former Phoenix amateur Leigh wood has a new opponent in Delroy Spencer (154-14-137-3).

Undercard: Kieran Farrell v Jason Nesbitt; Adnan Amar v Terry Carruthers; Ryan Ashton v Paul Samuels, John Ryder v Luke Robinson, Scott Cardle v Sandor Horvath; Erick Ochieng v AA Lowe; Pier Olivier Cote v Mark Lloyd, Carl Frampton v Raul Hirales.

The first fight is at 6.30pm, with Froch v Bute scheduled for midnight. Doors close at 10pm.

Sourcewww.thisisnottingham.co.uk/story-16192705-detail/story.html

 

 

 

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