The Romanian pugilist Lucian Bute, IBF Champion at the Supermiddleweight category, might compete with the owner of the WBC version of the belt, the British Carl Froch, in a gala that will take place, in September, at Nottingham, the English promoter Mick Hennessy declared, as quoted by ‘Daily Express.’
“The agreement is almost completed and it seems that the match will take place at Nottingham Arena sometimes during the initial two weeks of September. Bute’s staff showed great interest and they wished that the Romanian sportsman would compete with the best sportsmen,” Mick Hennessy mentioned.
According to the British paper, the match of Bute vs. Froch will be scheduled at approximately 4:00 AM, so that it could be broadcasted live by American TV stations as well.
Carl Froch kept his world title at the WBC Supermiddleweight category by defeating the American Jermain Taylor in April, at Mashantucket, by the decision of the referee by the end of the twelfth round. The British pugilist expressed the wish to unify all belts at this category, starting with the one presently owned by Bute. “Since I defeated Taylor, my popularity increased, and now it is hard for me to go out on the streets without being recognized by fans. It will be sensational for me to box in front of my own fans. I was prepared to go to Montreal in order to fight with Bute, if necessary, but it seems that my wish will come true right here, at Nottingham,” the British boxer said.
Lucian Bute defended his IBF world title at the Supermiddleweight category for the third time on March 14, 2009, after he defeated the Columbian Fulgencio Zuniga by technical KO in the fourth round of a game that took place in Montreal.