Lucian Bute vs. Carl Froch

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2012-05-26 : Lucian Bute 167¾ lbs lost to Carl Froch 167¼ lbs by TKO at 1:05 in round 5 of 12


  • Lucian Bute 30-0 (24 KOs) vs. Carl Froch 28-2 (20 KOs)
  • Froch, 34, won his third world title, and remained unbeaten in Great Britain.
  • Bute entered as the #1 super middleweight contender in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Froch, a 1.7/1 betting underdog, was ranked #2 by the same publication. [1] [2]
  • The fight was held in Froch's hometown of Nottingham and was only the third time Bute had fought outside of North America. As part of his agreement to travel, Bute retained a rematch clause which would be held in Canada.
  • Froch entered with a record of 2-2 in his previous four bouts, with unanimous decision losses to Mikkel Kessler (42-2) and Andre Ward (24-0). Each were part of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
  • Among those in attendance was Sugar Ray Leonard, Barry McGuigan, Mikkel Kessler, Amir Khan, David Haye, and former-cricketer Andrew Flintoff.
  • Froch said in the post-fight interview that had he lost the fight he would have announced his retirement.

Bout Summary

Official Fight Poster

A tense and competitive opening round saw each man have his moments. Bute landed well early in Round 2 and Froch came on with a couple of decent shots in the final minute. Round 3 was a big one for Froch as he caused Bute to retreat to the ropes despite a big power punch not landing. Froch pressed forward and worked Bute over against the ropes. Bute returned punches infrequently and attempted to tie up Froch to get through the round. Bute appeared to be mostly recovered early in Round 4, but Froch again rocked him late in the round. By the end of the round, Bute had some blood around his left eye. Froch continued to catch Bute in Round 5. He pinned Bute against the ropes and unleashed a barrage that snapped back Bute's head a few times. Just as Bute slumped against the ropes, the referee stepped in between the two and waved his arms above his head, then began a count, despite Bute not going down, after it appeared he waved an end to the fight. Several people came into the ring, including Froch's promoter. As the referee was still counting, Bute's corner man stepped in and called for an end to the bout.


  • "Tonight I came in determined and so focused. Unbelieveable. A lot of people wrote me off. When I've got the guru (my trainer Robin) in my corner, I listen to my corner, I listened to him. I've got a wonderful family. Tonight I came here to prove it to myself. After the Andre Ward defeat, I was very deflated. I was here tonight to put right a wrong. I came here more determined than I've ever been before. ... I've been guilty of switching off in the past but tonight I've been very focused." - Carl Froch
  • "That is one of the best performances I have ever seen from a British fighter. He annihilated him. Lucian Bute will not want a rematch. He (Froch) was cool and calm. He boxed off his back foot and completely ripped him to pieces. Brilliant performance." - Barry McGuigan
  • "Atmosphere in Nottingham was among best I've EVER been in for a fight. Right up there with Mayweather-Hatton. Just awesome." - Dan Rafael