Friday, 25 May 2012
25/05/12 Ringside on Froch v Bute
Shout out to the boys on Ringside last night, great show with some great guests. Amir Khan and Joe Calzaghe were present and there to give their view on this weekends Super Middleweight clash in Nottingham. Carl Froch and Lucian Bute was of course the hot topic and a full breakdown was offered from the Sky Sports team. Froch seemed to have full backing from his fellow countrymen, but all of them were aware that Bute could pose problems for Froch and both men stand great chances of walking away the winner.
Highlights from past fights were analysed, Bute's first battle with Librado Andrade was a good talking point as many feel that the referee cost Andrade the fight and this was another reason why Bute is still unbeaten. Ultimately it proved that Bute can be put off his game plan and can be beaten, he was out of steam and got slower as the fight went on, of course this was four years ago, and since then he has put critics straight with a RD4 KO of Andrade.
Froch's bouts against Arthur Abraham and Andre Dirrell was a great display for Froch's technical ability in the ring and his desire to win, it also showed that he is happy to go the distance, with his last 7 fights going 12 rounds. Unfortunately it wasn't all positive for Froch as fights against Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward showed also, Froch can be beaten. Both men are probably also next in line for the winner of this. I'm sure Kessler would be happy to step back down after his recent rise to Light heavy and take a rematch with froch, Ward I'm not so sure about, but a win from Froch puts him 2nd in the world rankings and again would become number 1 contender for Ward. Looking at the fight i do feel that Froch offers that little bit more than Bute as regards of ring ability, i agree that Bute offers a better punch, especially those quick uppercuts and hooks that Froch is going to have to look out for. But for me Froch will take Bute the distance and come on stronger in the later rounds and snatch the victory. Be prepared for both boxers to change their style and mix things up every few rounds as they figure each other out, it has all the makings of a classic and i hope it lives up to it.
Thanks to @SkySportsBoxing and @Carl_Froch @InterBoxBute