Carl Froch delivered an astounding fifth-round knockout of Lucian Bute in Nottingham, England.
The 9,000 strong rooted for their now new IBF world champion Carl Froch (29-2, 21 KO) as he handed now former IBF champ Lucian Bute (30-1, 24 KO) the first loss of his career.
Froch had last lost to WBC Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO) in December of last year, losing a dominating unanimous decision. Froch looked to make a big statement in a major way against Bute and he did.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:
Bute can be broken.— Andre S.O.G. Ward (@andreward) May 26, 2012
Well, what can you say?? Carl fought the right fight by pressing Bute & answering him whenever Bute did land, it worked!!— Andre S.O.G. Ward (@andreward) May 26, 2012
As can be seen there, Ward had a lot to say about his would-be rival Bute. If Ward wasn't keen on fighting Bute before, he certainly isn't now after this loss.
Here's a look back at what happened over the course of this world championship bout between two of boxing's biggest and brightest stars.