In December, Carl Froch faced Andre Ward in The Super Six final and lost a unanimous decision. The American’s craft and skill proved too big a puzzle for his English counterpart to solve and, despite a valiant effort, Froch returned home without a world title. After such a setback, one would be forgiven for taking a confidence boosting bout against soft opposition but Froch has sought out the only danger man left to face, IBF kingpin, Lucian Bute. This enormous showdown will take place at the Nottingham Arena on May 26th.
During a mystical professional journey, Bernard Hopkins has crossed swords with Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Glen Johnson, Winky Wright, Antonio Tarver, Joe Calzaghe, Kelly Pavlik, Roy Jones twice, Jean Pascal twice, Jermain Taylor twice and will now collide with the most dangerous challenger available at 175lbs for the second time of asking. The future Hall of Famer owns, unarguably, one of the finest overall records in professional boxing.
Carl Froch, in his seven previous engagements, has shared the battlefield with Pascal, Taylor, Johnson, Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and the aforementioned Ward. Including the record of Lucian Bute, the combined ledger of these combatants is 245-19-3 and fourteen of these losses belong to Johnson, who was inconsistent during the middle portion of his career. Seven fighters and six of them were either reigning or former world champions.
One is British and one is American. One employs ring savvy and one relishes a battle of attrition. One is a legend and one seeks to become just that. They are men who fear no other fighter on earth.
Both of these gladiators, The Executioner and The Cobra, have set the example.
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