• Carl Froch v Lucian Bute

Froch: Bute won't want the rematch

ESPN staff
May 28, 2012

New IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch reckons he may have pummelled Lucian Bute into retirement during their Nottingham fight on Saturday.

Bute was the odds-on favourite to protect his unbeaten record and keep hold of his title, but was taken to pieces by Froch, who triumphed with a fifth-round stoppage.

The contract between the fighters included a rematch clause back in Bute's hometown of Montreal - however, Froch does not anticipate that option will be taken up, and instead has said he wants to face Andre Ward or Mikkel Kessler, the only two men who have beaten him, next.

"Personally I don't think Bute will want the rematch," Froch said in the Sun. "I looked into his eyes and after round three and I saw something drain from him. Something only a fighter can see.

"I don't think he's going to want to fight again, let alone fight me again. Honestly. He came here unbeaten and got absolutely, devastatingly beaten. That doesn't happen often to top-level fighters.

"That is a beating, the whupping of all whuppings. I've not seen it back yet. I'm not bragging. I don't want to hurt anybody, I'm not proud of hurting people but that's what I'm in the ring to do. If the boot was on the other foot, you know what would happen.

"That was some performance by me - and I think it was a career-ending performance."

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