• Carl Froch v Lucien Bute

Hearn: Froch could retire after Bute fight

ESPN staff
May 26, 2012
Carl Froch is in action for the first time since December 2011 © Getty Images

Promoter Eddie Hearn feels Carl Froch could be tempted to hang up his gloves if he rips the IBF super-middleweight crown from Lucien Bute on Saturday.

Froch, a two-time world champion, is in action for the first time since surrendering the WBC title to Andre Ward last December on a unanimous points decision.

"He's told me 'I have to win this fight', and that's a different mentality to what he's had before," Hearn told BBC Sport. "He knows the score, a loss here would be a disaster. This is probably his last opportunity to win the world title back.

"Nothing would surprise me with Carl Froch, he may even retire if he beats Lucien Bute because it would be a fantastic time to do something like that.

"And if he was to lose, there's plenty more fights out there for him, but would he want them? It depends how he looks."

Unbeaten Bute is expected to have the speed advantage against Froch - but the Brit is willing to take away his opponent's best assets by any means possible.

"He'll try and box and keep me at range and counter-punch, like most southpaws do," Froch said. "If he's successful for four or five rounds then I'm going to have to rough him up, stick the head in and get the elbows going."

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