Romanian-Canadian Lucian Bute expects to get the credit he believes he deserves by defeating world-ranked Carl Froch on the two-time WBC champion’s home soil in Nottingham tonight.
The 32 year-old IBF champion has a perfect 30-0 record with 24 stoppages, but now seeks out an enhanced reputation and would certainly gain it if he can become the fight man to stop ‘The Cobra’ at the Capital FM Arena.
Bute has fringe world-class fighters like Glen Johnson and Brian Magee in his W column, but lacks any top names to brag about, with Froch by far the weightiest scalp if ‘Le Tombeur’ can pull it off in front of thousands of fans baying for his blood.
Froch, 34, is obviously looking to put himself back in with the elite names at 168lbs after losing badly against Super-Six champion and two-belt world title holder Andre Ward in his previous outing.
The Briton is still highly-regarded despite his loss to the American, although a third defeat in five bouts would lead many to believe that his best days are behind him and Froch is no longer a top draw fighter.
On the flip-side, Froch could become a three-time world super-middleweight champion if he can rip away Bute’s title belt tonight and put himself back in the frame for a lucrative three-title unification rematch with the winner of the upcoming Ward v Chad Dawson bout in September.
Undefeated Belfast fighter Carl Frampton heads the undercard with an attempt at the vacant IBF Inter-Continental super-bantamweight title against Mexican Raul Hirales and could face the winner of Scott Quigg v Rendall Munroe later this year if victorious.