Carl Froch is delighted to be back fighting in Nottingham – and believes his IBF super middleweight title challenge with Lucian Bute on May 26 at the Capital FM Arena Nottingham will be a sell out.
Froch returns to the venue of his last UK fight, which was his Super Six opener against Andre Dirrell in November 2009. The Cobra left Nottingham to travel the globe tackling the cream of the super middleweight crop en route to his Super Six final with Andre Ward in Atlantic City in December.
“It’s great to be back in Nottingham – it’s been too long,” said Froch. “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.
“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 is the undefeated champion and his trip to Nottingham is his 10th title defence and the 32 year-old is looking forward to locking horns with Froch in his hometown.