Froch vs. Bute: IBF Super Middleweight Showdown Deserves More Hype

Mick AkersAnalyst IMay 26, 2012

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Carl Froch and Lucian Bute (R)  during the Weigh In ahead of their Super Middleweight bout at Nottingham Capital FM Arena on May 25, 2012 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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A fight that should be getting more buzz than it is getting is the Carl Froch vs. Lucian Bute IBF super middleweight title showdown, as it should be one of the best fights of the year.

Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) is looking to get back on track after falling to Andre Ward in the finale of Showtime's Super Six Super Middleweight Tournament last December, as Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) will look to defend his IBF title and keep his undefeated record intact.

These two fighters are what every top boxer should strive to be. Between the two, they have fought most of the best fighters in their division and have racked up impressive records doing so.

The winner of Froch and Bute would be a prime candidate to take on the reigning WBA, WBC and Ring super middleweight champion Ward if he is successful in his proposed bout against Chad Dawson later this year.

If Bute wins, a fight with Ward would pit two undefeated champions against each other, in a bout boxing fans have been wanting to see for quite some time now and would crown the real king of the 168-pound division.

If Froch ends up beating Bute, then it would it give Ward a chance to add to his list of titles in the super middleweight division and would also give Froch a chance to redeem his loss to Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) in the Super Six finale.

There is one catch for Froch, though. He would most likely have to beat Bute a second time before seeing Ward in the ring again, as Bute has a rematch clause in place in case he loses to Froch.

Because Bute is traveling to Froch's hometown of Nottingham, England, Bute had the rematch clause put into in the contract that would hold the rematch in Bute's adopted home country of Canada in the case of a loss today.

Expect an action-packed fight today between Bute and Froch with a KO victory not being a real surprise here. The Froch vs. Bute bout could turn out to be a mid-year candidate for fight of the year.

You can catch the Froch vs. Bute fight today, May 26th on Epix HD on TV and online streamed through their Web site beginning at 6 p.m. ET.