IBF super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute met face to face with former WBC beltholder Carl Froch today at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England, where their fight is set to take place on May 26.
Froch is coming off an impressive showing in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, though he came up short in the final, losing via unanimous decision to Andre Ward. ”The Cobra” now hopes to get back near the top when he takes on the consensus #2 168-pounder.
“It’s great to be back in Nottingham – it’s been too long. I am so pumped up for the fight and I’ve got to give Lucian Bute credit. I’ve given him stick in the past for not fighting the top opposition, he didn’t enter the Super Six but he beat who was put in front of him,” said Froch. “He’s not often fought out of his hometown so to put his title on the line in my backyard he’s either very confident or very stupid – I think he’s very confident and he’s the champion, so why not be confident. I’m coming into the fight on the back of a loss, and when I did that after the Kessler defeat I was so tuned in to beating Arthur Abraham and it was a whitewash – and that’s how I feel about this fight. I’ve got a lot of respect for Lucian – he is a top level athlete and so am I, there’s no needle between us and there doesn’t need to be, as the fight speaks for itself.”
Bute for his part continues racking up wins while attempting to stake his claim as the best super middleweight in the world.
“Very happy and excited to be here today – I would like to thank Carl for accepting the fight and stepping in the ring with me,” said Bute. “Big fights take time to negotiate but I’m glad that this fight has come. Both Carl and I have had similar careers so far, for me it’s the right time to come away from home and defend my belt and in my heart I believe I will be victorious. I’ve been criticized for not fighting away from home. I remember when Joe Calzaghe fought away from home at the end of his career he received the respect he deserved for doing that and that’s what I am looking to do. Carl is a good strong aggressive fighter. He will have 9,000 cheering for him and not many for me. It has all the ingredients for a great fight.”
Tickets for the fight are currently on sale for £40, £60, £80, £100, £150 and £200 from the Capital FM Arena Nottingham website and on 08444 124624.