Carl Froch and Lucian Bute are moving tickets so quickly that it's worth asking if a bigger venue needs to be booked for May 26. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
After a couple of press conferences, the big fight between Carl Froch and Lucian Bute is off to a quick start. The fight will be May 28th in Nottingham, hometown of Carl Froch. Apparently the ticket sales are off to an incredible start, 5,000 tickets sold in the first two days. The total capacity for the Capital FM Arena Nottingham is only 9,000 and it seems that this will be a sold out show. In fact, Carl Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn expects the show to be sold out by this weekend.
"The response has been phenomenal but we always knew it would be," said Hearn. "Carl's loyal fans have followed him all over the World in the last few years so with The Cobra coming back home it was always going to be a big seller. If you haven't got your ticket now, you need to move fast as this could be sold out by the weekend."
The brisk ticket sales just bring up some interesting questions, like why did the promoters choose such a small venue. Earlier in the month, Eddie Hearn pondered moving the fight to one of the outdoor venues in Nottingham.
There are two football stadiums in Nottingham and they are right next door to each other. The Notts County stadium, Meadow Lane, has a seating capacity of 20,000 and across the river the Nottingham Forest stadium, City Ground, has a capacity of 30,000. City Ground was also host to several games when England hosted Euro 98, so stadium would be a decent facility. Also, the ticket prices seem to be a little low if the demand for the tickets is so high.
Finally why isn't this fight on Showtime in the US? I know they want to get a fight between Lucian Bute and Andre Ward, but this is a very good fight. Arguably, this is a more significant fight than the Super Six final. We knew both Ward and Froch were elite fighters, we have no idea if Bute can compete at a truly elite level. WhO R U PicKiNg?