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New Paradigms: On Carl Froch And Lucian Bute

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In retrospect the outcome can be easily explained: Froch is the superior fighter. Bute has certain advantages—speed of hand and foot, and perhaps one-punch power—but as a fighter, and more importantly, in a fight, Froch is better. But this superiority cannot be reduced to simply psyche, genetics, and praxis. The version of Froch that blitzed Bute is better than the version that entered the Super Six, and the competition he faced in that tournament played a role his improvement. By facing a diversity of elite opponents, Froch has become intimately aware of his strengths and weaknesses, of his ability to absorb and administer hurt at the highest level. Froch has maximized his potential by having to draw on all of it to succeed, which is a testament both to his ambitions as a fighter, and the inherent value of taking risks. From The Cruelest Sport
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