Froch destroys Bute

30 05 2012

Well who saw that one coming?Froch KO's Bute

I for one certainly didn’t but I’m happy as Larry that I was there to see the demolition.

Carl Froch claimed the IBF super-middleweight title after destroying Lucian Bute inside 5 rounds to in his home town of Nottingham in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Froch was the underdog going into the fight, with many feeling the Romanian champ was too slick for the British warrior.

But Froch shocked the boxing world, not by simply defeating the undefeated Bute but by demolishing him in a performance full of power, determination and focus.

Backed by a capacity and raucous crowd, started quite tentatively with neither throwing too much as they felt each other out. Froch landed with one or two more flurries and in my opinion took the first round.

Again there wasn’t much to talk about for most of the second round but in the final minute or so Froch landed some shots on Bute that momentarily worried the champ and had him clinching Froch, who won round 2 in my opinion also.

Things really picked up round 3. Bute actually started quite well, landing a few solid shots on Froch before the Nottingham man turned up the heat. After he was tagged by Bute, Froch pushed forward and “bum-rushed” But landing left and rights which caused the champion to back up onto the ropes and invite Froch onto him.

That was definitely a big mistake on Bute’s part and Froch hammered away with lefts and rights, with each punching drawing a loud response from the Nottingham faithful.

Bute, whose legs seemed to have gone, grabbed onto Froch and then, idiotically, backed himself up into another corner and allowed Froch to tee off again before clinching again. It was a pattern that continued through to the end of the round, with Froch teeing off as Bute lay against the ropes and clinching whenever he got the chance. Even though there was no knock down, there’s no doubt in my mind that it was a 10-8 round to Froch.

Bute deserves a bit of credit for sticking in there but as walked back to his corner after round 3, any confidence he had going into this fight was visibly gone from the Canada-based champ.

Round 4 was fairly even, that is until the final 20-odd seconds. Froch charged Bute, who was against the ropes, and proceeded to hammer away with the bell saving Bute from his first loss. Bute struggled to find his corner following that attack from Froch and I was surprised his corner didn’t pull him out then and there.

However Froch wasn’t to be denied on this night and he jumped on Bute from the very first second of round 5. Froch stalked his opponent around the ring and backed him up onto the ropes before unleashing a barrage of power shots that had Bute’s rocked Bute’s had back numerous times.

The referee jumped in and looked as though he stopped the fight, only to attempt to give Bute a standing 8 count as the champ struggled to keep himself upright.

But that was all immaterial as Bute’s corner walked into the ring to retire their fighter out and end the contest, to give Carl Froch his third world title.

Here below is the post-fight press conference:

Hear what Froch had to say on the fight:

Hear what promoter Eddie Hearn had to say on the fight:

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No Easy Way Out: Froch – Bute Preview

25 05 2012

No Easy Way Out

Carl “The Cobra” Froch will look to become a 3-time world champion when he takes on IBF champ Lucian Bute in his hometown of Nottingham tomorrow night. 

Both fighters weighed in under the 168 limit, with Froch weighing 167.3lbs and Bute coming in at 167.75lbs (see a video of the weigh in below).

This is a fight that is too close to call in my honest opinion.

Bute has been very well protected back in his adopted home of Canada and hasn’t fought the names or quality opposition that Froch has. Bute, unbeaten in 30 fights with 24 wins coming via KO, has looked very skilful in dispatching his opponents who, in truth, are a level or two below him and a level or two below Froch. He’s a silky, quick southpaw whose big body shots could cause serious problems for Froch, who has looked vulnerable against the more skilful boxers such as Andre Dirrell and Andre Ward.

However, Bute hasn’t been in there with anyone like Carl Froch before. He continues to press for 12 rounds and won’t give you a moment’s peace. He possesses a granite chin, a fantastic work ethic and packs a serious punch. How will Bute cope with that sort of pressure? Let’s not forget he was rocked big time (and in my opinion out for the count) against Librado Andrade.

While Bute has been very well protected through his career up to date, the same cannot be said of Carl Froch. His run of opponents is unheard of in modern boxing and he is the true definition of a warrior.

Froch will bring with him a wealth of experience of fighting at the elite level (something Bute does not have); he’ll have the backing of the home crowd, a relentless determination and has genuine knock-out power. The question is will he be able to impose himself on Bute? How much has that defeat against Andre Ward taken out of him?

We all know Froch is a warrior and he tends to let that get the best of him. It’s something he cannot allow to happen in this fight, he has to make sure his defence is on point. He can’t allow Bute to target the body too much. We all know Froch has a granite chin but a well placed body shot can send anyone down to the canvas. When he gets on the inside and he’s stopped throwing, tie Bute up. Don’t give him the chance to target the body.

Another thing that is vitally important is for Froch to get a good start. He can’t allow Bute to get into any sort of rhythm and build up a substantial lead. He has to get that jab going from the very start, and none of that flicking the lazy jab like has done in previous fights. Get back to the jab he used so superbly against Abraham.

This is a defining fight for both guys.

A win for Carl Froch and he’s back amongst the big boys at 168 and it would put his record beyond reproach. While a loss isn’t career ending, it certainly puts a big dent on his career.

Is he just a guy who can fight the elite or is he one of them?

A win for Bute and he finally has a legitimate name on his record and he cements himself among the elite and a potential fight with Super Six winner Andre Ward looms.

A loss for Bute is slightly more damaging. The bloggers and forum posters will have enough ammo to declare that Bute is not among the elite performers and that they were right about him from the start.

Sweet Science UK prediction

With that said I really can’t call the fight. It’s a real tough one.

How will Bute hold up against the pressure and power of Froch? How big a role will the crowd play? How will Froch deal with the champ’s body shots and southpaw stance?

If I had to choose, I’ll edge towrds the home town boy to win via points but I wouldn’t bank on it. I’ve changed my mind/prediction hundreds of times already and I’ll probably change it a hundred times again by the time the fight comes round.

What do you guys think?





Froch – Bute build up

23 05 2012

Here are a few videos to get fans in the mood for Carl “The Cobra” Froch’s fight against IBF champion Lucian Bute.

The fight takes place Saturday May 26th at Nottingham’s Capital Arena for Lucian Bute’s IBF super-middleweight title.

When Worlds Collide: Froch v Bute:

Carl Froch: Behind The Ropes:

Lucian Bute: Behind The Ropes:

Froch on the fight:

Froch on rematch clause:

Bute on the fight:

Press conference:

Head to head:

Promo video:

More video’s will be added as they become available.





Khan set for Garcia test

23 05 2012

Amir Khan is set to fight WBC light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia on July 14th. 

Khan set for title fight

Khan was set to rematch Lamont Peterson on May 19th but the clash was called off due to Peterson testing positive for synthetic testosterone.

Khan has now been given a shot at the undefeated Garcia, who beat living legend Erik Morales back in March to claim the WBC title.

Garcia, undefeated in 23, was due to fight mandatory challenge Ajose Olusegun and as a result the WBC have yet to confirm that they have sanctioned the fight.

Khan’s promoters, Golden Boy Promotions, are also hoping that the WBA and IBF titles will be on the line; with a hearing taking place in the next two weeks.

Considering this fight has had to be made on short notice, it isn’t a bad option. Garcia is a decent opponent but I expect Khan to dispose of him without any problems.

I was hoping that Khan would face Victor Ortiz instead, especially considering as the latter has had his own rematch cancelled, ironically, due to his opponent (Andre Berto) failing a drugs test.

The two fought in the amateurs (where Khan was victorious) and I think it has all the makings of a great fight. Both are exciting, young fighters and their styles could mesh really well and make it a great fight to watch.

However with Amir looking to move up to 147 very soon, I expect this is a fight we will get to see.

But back to the Khan-Garcia fight. I expect Khan to come through this fight with relative ease and stop Garcia somewhere between the mid to late rounds.

How you think the fight will pan out?





Easy work for Price

23 05 2012

Price Powers Past Sexton

David Price continued his impressive pro career with a sensational 4th round stoppage of Sam Sexton.

In truth, Price was never in trouble and dominated the shorter Sexton throughout the fight. Price controlled the range with his jab and Sexton could never get into range to do anything against the Liverpudlian.

Price dropped Sexton late in the 3rd, following a left hand and a right hook. Sexton beat the count and even applauded Price for the shot, which I found extremely odd.

Price, sensing that his man was there for the taking, stepped up the pace in the 4th; dropping Sexton twice to finish the fight.

Sexton was dropped first after a big right hand sent him back into the ropes before unleashing a beautifully placed uppercut to drop Sexton.

Price showed great patience as he picked his shots, causing Sexton to cover up as Price targeted the body before landing a short right to the head – which sent Sexton crashing to the canvas and forcing the referee to stop the fight.

In truth I expected nothing less from David Price but what was most impressive was how he controlled the range and used his height to his advantage (something the Klitschko brothers do very well) as well as his patience.

There’s no doubt Price has the build, the power and the temperament to go all the way.

Promoter Frank Maloney said they’re not going to chuck him in there with the Klitschko’s for the sake of getting a title fight and I have to agree with him. Price has cruised through the domestic scene and now needs to move onto the European scene before stepping up to the world stage.

The future is definitely bright for David Price.

How far do you think he’ll go?

Here’s the full fight below:





Brook set for Jones test

10 05 2012

Kell Brook will face off against Carson Jones at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on July 7 in an IBF title eliminator.

Jones, ranked 3rd by the IBF, is 25 and his record currently stands at 34 wins (24 via KO), 8 losses (2 via KO) and 2 draws.The winner will face off against the IBF champion, which will be decided when Mike Jones faces Randall Bailey on June 9th.

The fight is a step in the right direction because a win here will give Brook the title shot he craves.

His opponent might not be the big-name we were all hoping for but it will be extremely difficult for Brook to get a big name to come and fight in Sheffield, until he holds a title. He has no bargaining chip right now.

Having said that, it’s a good test for Brook and I do expect him to come through this with no problems, possibly winning via stoppage. That should then spring board Brook to a title fight, which will probably take place in America and allow Brook to gain more exposure which will only enhance his career prospects.

Brook’s showdown with Jones headlines a great night for British boxing, dubbed “Edge of Glory”, with Gavin Rees and Derry Matthews meeting once more with Rees European title and Matthews British title both on the line. Kerry Hope will also defend his European title against the man he defeated for it on the Brook-Hatton undercard, Greg Proksa.

Feel free to leave your predictions and thoughts.





Khan – Peterson II is OFF!!!!

9 05 2012

Khan - Peterson II in doubtAmir Khan has confirmed that his rematch with Lamont Peterson is officially off via his Twitter account.

The fight was due to take place on May 19th but has been in doubt since it was discovered that Peterson tested positive for a banned substance (synthetic testosterone).

Khan will now look to secure an opponent to fight on June 30th.

Here is the tweet:

Amir Khan ‏ @AmirKingKhan

The fight is off! sorry everyone the only person to blame is@kingpete26 I’ll be looking for a opponent to fight June 30th

Amir Khan on the situation:

Richard Schaefer on the situation:

Adam Smith on the situation: