Carl Froch won't stay inactive for long, as he's set up a two-fight deal with Lucian Bute for 2012. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Less than 48 hours after Carl Froch lost the Super Six World Boxing Classic final to Andre Ward in Atlantic City, the Daily Mail reports that Froch and Lucian Bute are closing in on a two-fight deal.
Bute, the Canadian-based Romanian, agreed to the two-fight proposal from Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn. The first fight is projected for Montreal in April, the return at Forest's City Ground in June or July. Froch said: 'That will be just fantastic. It's my dream.'
Hearn said: 'This must be the quickest and easiest deal we've done. We take the British end, they take the Canadian money and we split the rest 50-50, for both fights. Nice and simple.'
... Bute, 31, said: 'My next ambition is to close Carl's big mouth. He is arrogant and has too much to say. The truth of the Super Six is that I was very disappointed not to be invited. While Ward deserved this victory my preference is still to fight Froch and teach him a lesson.'
Froch (28-2, 20 KO) was soundly defeated by Ward (25-0, 13 KO) on Saturday night, but Ward made no indication that he's got major interest in fighting Bute (30-0, 24 KO) right now, saying that he was going to take a rest, which he felt he deserved.
With Ward not really interested, or at least giving that impression, Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing jumped in and came up with an interesting deal that made sense for both sides. Hearn and Froch are showing the desire to continue operating at the highest level. Froch could have gone back to Nottingham for a homecoming rebound win, but instead will head to Montreal in April to face Bute. Can't argue with that.
What remains to be seen is how the public takes this. Will Ward lose any face or respect for seemingly brushing off the Bute fight?