Itís Official: Froch Vs. Bute May 26th, Nottingham U.K!

By James Slater - It has just been announced that unbeaten IBF super-middleweight king Lucian Bute will travel to former two-time WBC ruler Carl Frochís hometown of Nottingham to defend his belt on May 26th. A massive fight - one that has been in the works for some time - Bute-Froch is about as good as it gets in todayís talent-rich 168-pound weight class.

ďItís a dream come true to get this opportunity to become a three-time world champion in my hometown of Nottingham,Ē Froch said today.

ďThis is a great challenge and Lucian will perform to his fullest as he always does,Ē Buteís trainer Stephan Larouche said.

A 50-50 fight that could end either by savage KO or could go the full 12-rounds, May 26thís bout is sure to be a thriller. The styles of the two men involved all but guarantees this, and the IBF title clash will add to a boxing calendar that is already looking like one of the best 12 months in quite a while. The best fighting the best is what itís all about, and Andre Ward aside, the winner of Froch-Bute will emerge as the best 168-pounder in the world.

Both men and their teams deserve a ton of credit for making this fight possible. Bute deserves extra credit for agreeing to come to Nottingham. Then again, road warrior Froch sure is deserving of a fight on home soil. Iíll bet he is as surprised as anyone that this home fight is one of such a large magnitude.

Froch had originally said heíd take a tune-up before his next big one. Will the fact that he will not do so affect his chances against southpaw Bute?

Article posted on 01.03.2012

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