Carl Froch has knocked out Lucian Bute in the 5th round of their IBF Super Middleweight Title fight in Nottingham, England in front of his home fans. It was a terrific fight, although towards the end became somewhat one-sided.
Either way, it was a terrific performance by Froch, he looked tremendously impressive and was able tobully Bute into the ropes and put pressure on him throughout the fight. Bute simply was overwhelmed by Froch's power as he repeatedly took shot after shot to the head.
Froch now has a rematch clause with Bute to honor, and if Bute wants the fight it will have to take place in Bute's home of Montreal. However, after that performance, I'm not sure if Bute will want to fight Froch again.
All in all, it was a very exciting fight and Froch's stock has gone way up. Besides the Bute rematch, he could have a rematch with Mikkel Kessler, who Froch lost to in a narrow points decision in 2010. That would be a terrific fight and I'd like to see it.
Also, a rematch with Andre Ward is out there, perhaps for next year if Froch can keep winning. Froch looks like he's not going to lose to anyone besides Ward or Kessler, so if he can get through Kessler the Ward rematch would be a huge fight.
But the main point to take away from tonight's fight was that Froch's career is back on track–in a big way.
Froch stated after the fight, "If I had lost tonight I would have announced my retirement."
Well, he'll be able to put off that retirement for at least one more fight. That was a stellar performance, and I'm extremely impressed with Froch and can't wait to see him fight again.
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