SecondOut’s army of knowledgeable writers once again put their reputations on the line to predict the outcome of Saturday night’s IBF super-middleweight title fight between champion Lucian Bute and Britain’s Carl Froch.
Can the unbeaten Canadian based Bute retain his title in front of Froch’s home city fans or will the Englishman surprise the oddsmakers and become a three time world champion?
Although Bute is largely untested at the very highest level I do expect him to come through a tough fight. One can never bet against the incredibly fit and tenacious Froch but I feel he just falls short at the very highest level, ie Kessler and Ward. For me Froch may fail to cope with not only Bute’s speed and accuracy but also his southpaw stance. I would not be surprised if Carl takes a trip to the canvas as well on his way to a close unanimous points defeat.
Bute pts 12
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Lucian Bute will have his hands full with Carl Froch in his home country. Froch has the skills and toughness to overcome any obstacle Bute possesses. However, I think Bute will manage to out box and out work Froch down the stretch."
Bute pts 12
Who do I pick? The slick Bute or the aggressive Froch. Both can bang but which one has a better track record against a fighter like the other? Froch had problems against Ward who can box and rough boxing Kessler. Bute has not faced the elite level of opponent that Froch fought but has displayed skills and power against the likes of Bika, Andrade, and Glen Johnson. In the Super-Six Froch fought at the highest level. To pick the Brit I would have to assume that he will successfully pressure Bute for twelve rounds. I believe he will try but Bute’s power plus the addition of his skills will allow him to out fight Froch to take a close but unanimous decision (as long as there is no hometown advantage for Froch in the scoring).
Bute pts 12
New York City
Bute and his team deserve credit for taking this opportunity and leaving the comfort of their adopted home of Canada, where Bute is one of the sports biggest ticket sellers. We know what we will get from Froch. He will attempt to apply pressure, and get Bute to deep waters, where he becomes vulnerable. Bute has advantages in speed, boxing ability, and I’m guessing power. I think Froch will need to take chances to get inside like he did against Ward, and I think he is going to walk into something big that Bute will throw from an angle he’s not expecting. I like Bute by a sudden, late stoppage.
Bute - TKO 10
Lucian Bute steps out of his comfort zone into hostile territory for the first time in his almost 9-year pro career by traveling to Carl Froch`s backyard. This dream match-up between The Ring #1 and #2 super middleweight contenders will be a barnburner. Both fighters are tough as nails and Carl Froch has gone through one of the most impressive recent crop of opponents in the sport. What this fight comes down to is speed, and Bute simply has more of it. Froch will give his all in front of his hometown fans and comes close to victory, but Bute will score the best shots in a great contest and escapes Britain with a split decision win.
Bute pts 1`2
Carl Froch has put together arguably the most impressive run of opponents back to back of any championship fighter in history. The toll those fights have taken on his now 34-year-old body may suddenly become apparent against the unbeaten Bute. The IBF champion is quick of foot and fist and possess a dangerous right hook off his southpaw jab, and it is easy to envisage him out boxing Froch for a landslide victory. However "The Cobra" in front of his home crowd will be spurred on to reach even greater heights than before and will be looking to engage Bute in a close quarters fire fight where he can utilise his strength and spiteful punching power, particularly the uppercut, a prime weapon against a lefty. Bute also has a dangerous uppercut he throws to the body, one that dispatched Andrade in their rematch. If Mexican Andrade can hurt Bute as he did in their first encounter the Nottingham warrior certainly can and he cannot be discounted. Despite this I lean slightly towards Bute proving he his a worthy champion, as he ekes out a close points victory in an exciting fight.
Bute Pts 12
This fight will be one of the best of the year, it will be a battle till the end. Froch has fought the best in the business and is hungry after the Ward loss. He may not be as fast as Bute, but he is in my opinion a hard hitter. I am a huge Froch fan, and I will be pulling for him to win, he certainly has the tools if he plays the right game. Lucian Bute is by no doubt a great fighter, but will have to use everything he has to beat Froch. Bute is better on speed than Froch, and will spend the first few rounds figuring him out, which is when Froch will have to make his statement. Many things in this fight will determine the winner, for Froch, the fact that its on his home turf, and Bute’s foot injury could come into play. For Bute, he knows Froch is vulnerable in getting hit, he will have to use his leg strength and work the body if he is going to win. I said last night on a radio show that Bute will be to much for Froch and he would win. But today I had second thoughts and took a good look at who Carl Froch really is as a fighter, this guy has fought the best, this guy is a solid fighter! I see this fight going the distance, and to tell the truth, whoever wins, there will be a rematch. I change my predition and go with Froch to win in 12, with maybe both fighters taking a knockdown or two. UK fans are in for a hell of a good night of boxing!
Froch Pts 12
This is a legitimate top five fight in the sport right now. Carl Froch should carry the moniker of boldest fighter based on his strength of schedule since 2008. Bute appears to have all the talent and ability to be number one, but, conversely, his strength of schedule has been questioned due to his not being a part of the Super Six tournament. With Andre Ward recognized as number one, Bute will need to come up with spectacular performance to unseat him in SecondsOut’s rankings. A stoppage of Froch just might do it though. Froch vowed to go back to the drawing board to re-vamp his game and I believe he has the drive to do just that. He will be in this one whether it’s a boxing match or in the trenches. Froch has good steam and will be looking to tire
Bute with a whirlwind of punches as seen against Pascal and Taylor. His right hand will always be the punch fans will look for. Bute has earned the right to be called one of the fiercest body punchers in the game, but his uppercut is punch that should not be undervalued. Froch is often wide open up the middle and could be susceptible to this punch. His torso is also a welcoming target. I can see both men winning. Froch’s bets chance is to break Bute down with volume punching and hope a late round rally could end things or at least see Bute on the canvas. Froch’s chin has held up pretty well since we saw him dropped in the Taylor fight. I am very curious to see how his body hold up though. Great fight. It has to be a FOTY candidate when all is said and done. Hopefully, it will be rematch worthy. Bute drops Froch late to capture a close split decision.
Bute pts 12
Much is being made of this fight being staged in Froch’s hometown of Nottingham, as if Bute is going to turn into a pillar of salt on arrival at the venue. Bute possesses a ton of international experience, as an amateur, and in this case a boxing ring is a boxing ring. We’re talking about a world champion with a bunch of title defences, not a nervous passenger on a long haul flight. On the flipside, Froch is Bute’s toughest opponent to date and, if on form, he will test the Romanian born southpaw to the limit. If Carl is to win it will be a late stoppage but I just can’t see it and think Bute will survive the habitual late round rally to win comfortably on points after boxing beautifully.
Bute pts 12
I fancy Bute to do a job on Froch and beat him by a unanimous over 12 rds.
Bute Pts 12
Lucian Bute is a solid, strong boxer who I believe is underrated and deserves more credit. You can’t take anything away from Carl Froch, he’s had quite a run the past 3 years, but he has trouble against the true top-tier fighters. He can beat limited guys like Arthur Abraham and Jermain Taylor but when he steps up, he doesn’t win. Bute will outbox him and is smart enough to stay clear of Froch’s power. Bute may look good against Froch’s plodding, upright style.
Bute pts 12
Lucian Bute should win a decision away from home as I feel his powerand confidence level will allow him to escape with a close decision against Carl Froch who, while possessingvery good power, can be hurt by Bute’s power. Bute has shown he can survive--even with a little biit of help.
Bute pts 12
New York City
Whatevere Amir Khan’s funs say, I believe Carl Froch today is the best British boxer. His relentless offensive style serves often better defense, than other more complicated tactics. He will dominate Bute, as the Romanian has nor skill neighther high spirit of Andre Ward, Froch’s legitimate conquerer.
Froch pts 12
Froch win by stoppage,rd 9.Bute cant take the power
Froch tko 9
Bute tko 10
his will be a tough, extremely close fight that will teeter on which fighter makes the fewest mistakes.Bute loves a rough, bruising fight; the exact kind that Froch lives for. With that said, this will not be a pitter-patter boxing clinic. Rather, it will be one of those phone booth styled inside wars of attrition that will border on ugly. The referee will play a huge part in this matchup and it’s not out of question to see one or both men penalized for various infractions. Froch will be all overBute early and often and he’ll make it a living hell for him. However, Bute will figure him out and begin chipping away at the early lead theUK fighter built up. Eventually Bute’s body attack and stinging punches will start to take their toll andBute will begin to dominate. Froch will land some firepower late to keep Bute honest but in the end,Bute’s strength and more accurate punches will be too much for Froch to handle. Though it’s unlikely, it wouldn’t be a shock if Froch was floored late. Both men will suffer scrapes, bruises, bumps and jolts but nobody will really be in serious peril of a knockout.Bute will win an extremely close and well-deserved unanimous decision by the scores of 115-113 (twice) and 116-112. Bank on it.
Bute pts 12
This should be an excellent match up, very even close competitive fight. Most importantly it will be a very entertaining fight I think. Bute should be the slight favorite, but because Froch has faced the better competition and he’ll be on home turf, I’ll take the Cobra.
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May 26, 2012