Carl Froch put on one of the most impressive performance of his career on May 26, handing previously undefeated Lucian Bute his first professional loss at the Nottingham Arena in Nottingham, England. With the victory, Froch secured the IBF super middleweight title, making him a three-time world champion.
Froch didn’t just pull off the upset against Bute, he did it in impressive fashion, brutalizing the Romanian boxer throughout their encounter. He eventually closed the deal in the fifth round, pinning Bute against the ropes and unleashing a barrage of punches.
“I feel very satisfied and happy with my performance,” Froch said after the fight. “I give credit to Lucian Bute. He hit me very hard, but obviously not hard enough. I’m very tough and I came here to give everything. I have a lot of heart and I had my fans here to cheer me on. … A lot of people wrote me off. The bookies got it wrong, and a lot of people in Nottingham have won some money tonight”
With his performance against Bute, it’s pretty obvious Froch still has a few fights left in the tank, and it’ll be interesting to see who he decides to test his skills against next. Some boxing fans might be interested in a rematch between Froch and Andre Ward – who defeated him last December, but the British boxer didn’t seem interested in the matchup during his post-fight interview. Froch currently has his sights set on Mikkel Kessler, who handed him his first professional loss.
Regardless of who Carl Froch decides to face next, he certainly won a lot of new fans with his performance against Lucian Bute, and he deserves a lot of credit for taking on a tough fight after his loss to Ward.
“I’m absolutely elated,” Froch said about his future. “I brought up retirement before the fight because I put so much heart and soul into training for it that there would have been no point in continuing at my age if I gave it my all and lost. … I felt like a young man tonight and I performed out of my skin.”
Doug Fischer, “Froch stops Bute in fifth round, wins IBF title”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.