Less than a week after being destroyed and losing his IBF super middleweight title to Britain’s Carl Froch Lucian Bute insists he wants a rematch.
The Canadian based Romanian was stopped impressively by Froch inside five rounds in Nottingham last weekend. At the post fight press conference it was not clear whether or not Bute would enforce the rematch clause in the fight contract but now, after a few days to reflect on his performance Bute insists he wants to rematch in ether Montreal, Canada or Bucharest, Romania.
"Every athlete has to admit defeat. Great champions need to know to lose. I have to learn from this defeat. This is not the end of the world. I don’t think that it’s the end of my career," Bute said in a interview with Romanian reporters..
“I need to relax. It was a great mental load. I need time for my return. On Saturday night, Carl Froch was better.
"Any great athlete must have dignity, to be able to congratulate your opponent. I was the favourite and everyone thought I would win easily. We all thought that, even me. Unfortunately, you saw what happened there.
“I believe that in five rounds I boxed in only one, for about three minutes. I was totally dominated," he admitted.
“After the first round, I was very sure of myself. I told my coach that (he was) slow. But things changed in the second round.
"I do not necessarily want the belt back. I want to beat Carl Froch. I want a rematch”
June 1, 2012