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Carl Froch Defeats Lucian Bute by Knockout: 5 Opponents He Could Face Next

Justin TateCorrespondent IMay 27, 2012

Carl Froch Defeats Lucian Bute by Knockout: 5 Opponents He Could Face Next

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    Carl Froch has disposed of Lucian Bute in a mere five rounds. While a rematch may be an obvious option considering the contractual agreement between Froch and Bute, many contenders lie in wait.

    Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO) is unfortunately not one of them as he has a faraway date with Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KO) on Sept. 8. Ward was the last to defeat Froch, but revenge will have to wait a while longer.

    Until then, the light heavyweight and super middleweight divisions both hold champions and former champions worthy of a chance to dethrone the U.K.'s best fighter, "The Cobra."

Andre Dirrell

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    Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 KO) is an opponent Froch faced in the opening round of the Super Six tournament to give him his first loss.

    Dirrell boxed well in a fight that many felt he had won. Dirrell came back last December after being out of the ring for nearly two years due to a head injury. He won his comeback fight by second-round knockout.

    In a recent interview, Dirrell said he would only take fights that would move his career forward. Avenging his lone loss to Froch would definitely move his career forward.

    Froch could reaffirm his previous victory over Dirrell and Dirrell gets a significant win under his comeback belt.

Mikkel Kessler

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    Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KO) is back in amazing fashion with his beautiful knockout of former Super Six contender Allan Green. Kessler originally had to pull out of the tournament due to eye problems.

    With his health finally up to par, Kessler has called out the winner of Bute-Froch. He faced and defeated Froch in close competition during the second round of the Super Six.

    Another blockbuster between the two could play out wonderfully. Since Froch stepped into Kessler's home country of Denmark last time, a fight in Froch's homeland of England would only be right.

The Winner of Arthur Abraham vs. Robert Stieglitz

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    Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KO) is set to engage WBO super middleweight champ Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KO) on August 25 in Germany.

    Whoever wins will be a great addition to Froch's hit-list. Froch still wants to unify the major belts of the super middleweight division.

    If Abraham wins, he may desire revenge against Froch for outboxing him during the Super Six tourney. A chance for revenge and an extra world title could be tempting.

The Winner of Jean Pascal vs. Tavoris Cloud

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    If Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KO) defeats Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KO) for the IBF world title, Froch versus Pascal in Canada makes a ton of sense.

    After Pascal lost to Froch in his hometown, it's only right Froch return the favor to allow the people to enjoy what will surely be an even more explosive event than their first battle.

    Froch could also add to his legacy with a world title in a second weight class. If Cloud wins, Froch could drag him to England since Cloud has yet to become an attraction at home despite his fan-friendly style.

    Froch versus Cloud would be sure to produce fireworks and absolutely thrill the homeland crowd at the F.M. Arena in Nottingham.

Bernard Hopkins

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    Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 34 KO) is a warrior on his way out if he hasn't already decided to leave. His last fight was a one-sided decision loss to Chad Dawson. Hopkins has too much pride to go out like that.

    Froch is an all-action fighter who can bring out the best in Hopkins as well as provide excitement as well as a financially lucrative fight in his native Nottingham, England judging by the sold-out crowd.

    A name such as Hopkins would be one hell of a whip of icing to top off the Cobra's career.

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