Froch (left) Bute (right)

NEW YORK, NY– An intriguing fight is on the horizon when IBF super middleweight (168) kingpin Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) takes on rough and dangerous banger Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) in a proposed 12 rounds of throw down at a sold out Nottingham Arena in Nottingham, United Kingdom, Saturday at 6 PM ET on EPIX.


In an all action affair, Lucian Bute burst on the scene against rugged pug Librado Andrade. Going into the 12th round and trailing on all three judges scorecards, a desperate Andrade fired a barrage of punches on a tiring Bute. The plethora of shots sent Lucian reeling as Librado continued to stalk and throw. Andrade eventually nailed the broken down Bute with a devastating blow dropping him to the canvas with less then five seconds remaining in the bout. The referee administered a count in which he stopped at seven to warn Librado for prematurely coming out of his assigned corner. Because of the extended lapse in time, Lucian was able to get up and finish the fight on his feet. Had it not been for the referee’s “long count,” most ringside observers felt Andrade would have been awarded a knockout win. Postmortem, because of much debate and speculation to what should have been the result at the end of their first bout, Bute and Andrade would meet again. This time, the result was much clearer as Lucian ruled out any doubt by finishing Librado within just four rounds compliments of a monstrous body shot (W KO 4). Since, after a series of smashing victories in front of his adoring fans in his adopted country of Canada against formidable opposition against the likes of Edison Miranda ( W TKO 3), Jean Paul Mendy (W KO 4), and Glen Johnson (W UD12), Romanian born scrapper Lucian Bute is looking to continue his success. A spectacular performance for Bute on Saturday could garner him greater international appeal and possibly rank him among the elite “pound for pound” fighters in the world.


In his break out performance against Jermain Taylor, Froch showed tremendous heart and resolve as he recovered from two knockdowns in the second round leading him to a dramatic 12th round knockout win. After the victory over the once highly decorated champ Taylor, Froch entered the critically acclaimed Showtime super middle tournament. Referred to as the “Super Six”,  a tournament that pitted some of the best 168 pound fighters in the world against each other in a “round robin” type bracket, Carl entered the competition with much swagger. However in his tourney debut, Froch would turn in a somewhat lackluster performance against a nonthreatening version of Andre Dirrell (W SD 12). Carl then went on to duke it out and fall short of victory in an all out war against Mikkel Kessler (L UD 12). Froch then regrouped, and in his next bout standing opposite of Arthur Abraham, Carl’s hybrid of strength and courage showcased in previous triumphs surfaced to earn a unanimous nod by the judges. In his next effort, Froch bested seasoned former champion and veteran of the game, Glen Johnson via 12 round verdict and secured a spot in the Super Six Finale standing opposite of Andre Ward. In a one sided drumming, the supreme boxing skills of Ward thoroughly dominated Froch over 12 rounds (L UD 12).


Underneath Andre Ward, Bute and Froch are considered to be the two best and most deserving warriors at 168 to earn a shot at Ward. Albeit very different pugilists stylistically, both fighters have a style that can successfully compete against any fighter at 168 and cause them fits, so it will be very intriguing to see which discipline prevails in this encounter. Either way it goes, expect to see a highly entertaining fierce match up of boxer/puncher type world-class athletes battling at the highest level of the sport.

As per usual, the popular fight series “ESPN Friday Night Fights” kicks off the boxing weekend. Each installment of the decorated show features news, analysis of upcoming bouts, interviews, celebrity guests offering insight into the world of boxing, and competitive scraps. This week’s card showcases a solid lightweight (135) main event when free throwing madman thug Ji Hoon Kim (23-7, 18 KOs) faces unbeaten Russian Alisher Rahimov (23-0, 12 KOs) in a slated 10 rounder at the Ameristar Casino in Saint Charles, Missouri, Friday at 9 PM ET on ESPN 2.

John Signorella


  • Pedro Fernandez

    It’s on

  • It’s almost 6PM ET and I’m going nuts. There seems to be no way of getting this fight in Canada. Ourt sports network will be replaying Abril-Rios tonight instead of televising the Canadian guy’s fight. Go figure. Epix doesn’t work here and all the links for streaming are either bogus or apparently blocked by the IP. It’s been increasingly difficult to stream live fights here.

    Too bad, it seems like a can;t miss matchup. 15 months ago I’d have picked Bute with no hesitation. But I’ve been thinking about how he’s gotten a little too arrogant & slopy keeping the guard low and taking some right hands against opponents who were fairly good but they were guys Bute was extremely comfortable with.

    Meanwhile Froch has maintained a very demanding schedule world class opponents. It remains to be seen will give him a competitive edge, or would he have been better off taking an easier tune up fight after the effort of SuperSix?

    I’m srill going with Bute based on the belief that he’s got more boxing and athletic capability and more one-punch power. I’l assume he’s taking Froch very seriously and will clean up some of the mistakes that have been creeping back into his game from his amateur days.

    Froch is not to be discounted though, he’s seen alot of different styles & skills in the past few years and I dont expect him to be easily discouraged or overwhelmed. You also have to figure a close decision would go to Froch in England.

  • I think bute will win by late round knockout. I’ll have read about it as I cannot find on the tv in Canada. No wonder boxing is dying.

  • This is a really great match-up. Scintillating back-and-forth action that sees BUTE win handily.

    Anyone know how I can bet legally from Hawaii?

  • The ref for this exciting contest is John Signorella folks!

  • This fight is awesome. Froch by split decision in an instant classic.

  • Bute was stopped brutally in the amateurs by Gennady Golovkin. As we know about pro’s who get stopped as amateurs they usually don’t have a good enough set of whiskers to make it at the elite level of the pro’s. Case in point Isymyl Syllak. He has all the ability, but as we saw in his last fight his chin is somewhat suspect. Bute has all of the ability in the world, with out the chin. If he can avoid Froch’s haymakers he can win either by KO or UD. I think a stoppage of Froch is possible…however Froch could stop him also. Should be a good match up as long as Froch doesn’t become a punching bag. His defense is lacking at times, but he is tough as nails.

  • Going with Bute to land something hard to the body to stop Froch, or perhaps get a UD as the more fluid and mobile fighter. A decision for Bute is tough though. Great match up.

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