Carl Froch takes his place among Britain’s greatest boxers with victory against Lucian Bute

Posted: May 28, 2012 in Opinion
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Hard night: Lucian Bute
Picture: Chris Vaughan

CARL Froch may have defined a career on Saturday, in a pulsating, unexpected manner in front of  a delirious crowd.

The Nottingham boxer wrested the IBF super-middleweight crown from previously undefeated Lucian Bute, finishing his foe in the fifth round of a bout which will be considered one of the greatest fought on these shores in many years.

But Froch’s achievement in claiming his third world championship was eclipsed a bigger accomplishment.  Written off by the bookmakers, some pundits and sections of the press – and contemplating his own retirement should he have met failure on Saturday night – Froch produced arguably the finest performance of his career.

From the pivotal third round, when Froch’s power changed his opponent’s expression to grave doubt from quiet confidence, the home fighter pursued his adversary with almost overpowering zeal.

And in the final stanza, the truth emerged. A man considered by the majority as the hunted – he was to be swinging fruitlessly at thin air while his supposed more skilful opponent moved away with ease – finished with killer instinct. It was a surprising finish, an outstanding finish. It was better than performances against Pascal or Abraham, Froch’s finest moment.

“I came to this week with the pressure on me,“ said Froch. “I need to be in world-title fights. I showed what I can do when I’m focused. I still feel young, fresh and ready for more.”

After clambering away from the precipice of retirement, Froch holds all of the cards as regards his plans. Suggestions that Bute may opt out of the contracted re-match in Canda – or even quit the sport altogether – are surely premature. He showed plenty of class following the defeat and is now likely to take reasonable time contemplating his options.

Froch, meanwhile, can consider a re-match against Mikkel Kessler, attempting to avenge a narrow defeat in a fine showing in Denmark during the Super Six. Andre Ward, now standing alone as the division’s top talent, could lie in wait as the final test of Froch’s career.

Irrespective of his next move, Froch will now take his place as one of British boxing’s greats. And most pleasing for those who love the sport, he earned every bit of it.

  1. lincboxing says:

    Well done Carl – a true champion.
    How abount an interview with the loser?

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