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Bute vs Froch: Carl Froch Criticizes The Level Of Lucian Bute's Opponents

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Carl Froch is not impressed with Lucian Bute's resume. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
Carl Froch is not impressed with Lucian Bute's resume. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
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Earlier today, Carl Froch heaped praise on Lucian Bute and Scott predicted that Froch would eventually go back to bashing Bute's opposition. Well in less than a day, Carl has changed his tune and gone back to attacking Bute's record according to a report in Boxing Scene.

"He hasn't mixed with top level. He hasn't operated at top level. The only fighters who stand out on his record are Brian Magee and Glen Johnson, and that's out of how many fights? I think he's had a 30-fight career. He has two sort of names that don't really jump out at you. I have said in the past that he hasn't fought anybody and I stand by that. It's big guns time...sink or swim."

In my opinion, Froch should really avoid talking about Glen Johnson. Glen looked fairly decent against Froch, and it seemed that Bute carried Johnson through the fight in back to back fights. Basically when I think about Glen Johnson, I remember a close fight with Froch and blowout against Bute. If you are going to go after Bute's record, then say something along the lines of ‘While I was fighting Ward and Kessler, Bute was fighting Jesse Brinkley.'

Froch went on to criticize the fact that Bute only fights at home.

"He's been forced into a situation where he cant stay at home anymore and defend his IBF title. He has to take to the road and he has to fight somebody. He's been forced into this position. He has the safety net of a rematch clause so maybe that makes him feel a little more confident [and thinking] 'I get Froch back in Canada' [if I lose]," Froch told BBC Midlands.

I really do have to commend Bute for going on the road and taking on Froch in his hometown. They could have met in a neutral location, albeit for less money, but Bute agreed to go into the snake's pit. Does Bute deserve criticism for not being in the Super Six, not fighting on the road, or both?