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March 29, 2023

Obreja wants Bute vs Froch rematch in Bucharest

Rudel Obreja, President of the Romanian Boxing Federation (FRB), stated for ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ that he will try to organize the Bute vs. Froch rematch in Romania, after the Romanian boxer lost his world title in Nottingham on Saturday. “According to the contract, the rematch should take place in September in Montreal. We, however, want to organize the fight in Romania. The contract has clauses that can be renegotiated so this wouldn’t be a problem. First of all however Bute has to undergo medical checkups and only after that we can talk about a rematch,” Obreja stated. Boxer Lucian Bute (32) returned to Romania on Monday evening. He will spend one and a half months in Romania, trying to forget about the stingy defeat he suffered at the hands of Britain’s Carl Froch (KO in 5th round) on Saturday night in Nottingham. Although he came home without the world title, the boxer had a warm welcome at the ‘Henri Coanda’ International Airport. In case the rematch takes place in Romania, it wouldn’t be the first time Bute fights in front of a Romanian audience. Last June the boxer defeated France’s Jean Paul Mendy in Bucharest, through KO in round 4, and kept his world title. “Carl Froch was better and we have to respect him. I lost a fight but not a war. I have the strength of character to come back. However I don’t know when. I need a lot of peace of mind,” Lucian Bute stated during a press conference on his return to the country. “I believe it is premature to talk about my retirement. At this moment I want to rest. I will try to avoid the issue of boxing as long as I can in the following period. I didn’t see the bout, I didn’t have the strength to watch. I’m going home to my family. I’ll go back to Montreal in a month, a month and a half’s time. Only then will I take a decision,” the former champion added.

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