Canadian-Romanian super-middleweight Lucian Bute has admitted that he failed to perform in Nottingham on Saturday night, when he surrendered his IBF title to Carl Froch in five bruising and one-sided rounds.
The 32 year-old saw his unblemished record drop to 30-1 at the Capital FM Arena and wants to contemplate his next move before rushing into a contracted second fight with the ‘Cobra’ on his home soil.
“Every athlete has to admit defeat. Great champions need to know to lose. I have to learn from this defeat. This is not the end of the world. I don’t think that it’s the end of my career,” Bute stated in a Romanian interview this week.
“I need to relax. It was a great mental load. I need time for my return. On Saturday night, Carl Froch was better.
“Any great athlete must have dignity, to be able to congratulate your opponent. I was the favourite and everyone thought I would win easily. We all thought that, even me. Unfortunately, you saw what happened there.
“I believe that in five rounds I boxed in only one, for about three minutes. I was totally dominated,” he admitted.
“After the first round, I was very sure of myself. I told my coach that (he was) slow. But things changed in the second round.
“I do not necessarily want the belt back. I want to beat Carl Froch. I want a rematch – even if there is no belt at stake.”
Froch is already making moves to rematch Mikkel Kessler in the UK later this year and promoter Eddie Hearn told WBN yesterday that he believes that Bute will likely want to get back to winning ways before he seeks a return in Canada.