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20 NOVEMBER 2018


Bute Is Out To Prove Himself Against Froch

By Clive Bernath: Lucian Bute may be unbeaten and making the 10th defence of his IBF super-middleweight title against Carl Froch in Nottingham, England this weekend but he still feels he needs to prove himself a worthy champion.


At the Nottingham Arena on Saturday Bute, 30-0-(24), will go some way to establishing his reputation further when he faces the toughest test of his career so far and also experiences the hostility of a partisan hometown crowd for the first time.


Speaking during a media conference call recently the Canadian based Bute said: “I was in line to fight the winner of the Super Six for a different reason than Ward receives to fight me and I kind of respect his decision. So, I made a choice. I said I’m going to fight Carl Froch.


“So, we made him an offer to come to Montreal. He turned it down. And maybe he was right saying that he was away from home for a while. He wanted to fight at home. So, we just told his promoter make us an offer. We’re going to go defend the belt in your place and we’ll prove everybody wrong that I’m only fighting in Montreal. So, I asked to go out to prove myself.”


Regarding Froch being the toughest test of his 30 fight career so far Bute readily admitted: “ And in terms of what I think about him(Froch(, as everybody knows he has a major will to win. He’s strong. He’s wild. He never disqualified. We’ve seen that in a lot of fights. He’s always in until the end, and accounting for these things, so he brings strength, confidence and a lot of will to win.”


Great fighters leave no stone unturned when it comes to preserving their unbeaten records and retaining their title, Bute is no different, The Canadian based Romanian has admitted to attempting to recreate the atmosphere of the hostile Nottingham crowd and even going so far as recording the screams of Froch’s wife, Rachel.

“Yes, we try to re-create as much as we can, we have re-created that noise,” admitted Bute. “I’m sure it’s going to be a little different in the ring, but I know that this fight is (inaudible) going to be an amazing atmosphere, something I never tried before.”


It is common knowledge that the champion was suffering from an infection in his foot during the lead up to the big fight this weekend and there were many rumours as to the seriousness of the infection but Bute’s trainer Stephen Larouche insists they were greatly exaggerated and Bute is fully fit to face Froch on Saturday.


“You know, he just tried a new shoe about a month ago,” said Larouche.


“And Lucian had two blisters in both big toe and one (real top) and the second one was, doing good, and Lucian kept telling me I’m having a little bit more pain in this one and I kept telling him, well its not the end of the world until one day, he had some blood coming out of it, and the blood was not nice colors.


“So we lead him to the doctors. The doctors said had he not come to see me, you’re going to lose your toe. It’s a major infection and the infection was up to the ankle, not up to the knee.


Larouche added: “We read about a few things about he was almost losing his leg, but it was his big toe and so finally he went on the antibiotic for ten days. And, so far, everything had disappeared. He has no more infection, we cannot even see it no more, so he’s bouncing as he used to. (Inaudible) perfect feet right now, and its not going to be a (toe story). And now everything is OK?”


May 23, 2012

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