Canadian Bute set for title defence

Montreal boxer Lucian Bute will put his IBF belt on the line for the 10th time when he fights Carl...

Montreal boxer Lucian Bute will put his IBF belt on the line for the 10th time when he fights Carl (Cobra) Froch on May 26 in Nottingham, England. (Karl Tremblay/QMI Agency/Files)

BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:44 PM ET

MONTREAL - Lucian Bute will be hitting the road in his quest to become the undisputed super-middleweight champion of the world.

The undefeated Montreal native will put his IBF belt on the line for the 10th time when he fights Carl (Cobra) Froch on May 26 in the Briton's hometown of Nottingham, England.

Bute has made all but one of his previous title defences in Canada, the exception being a bout in his Romanian birthplace.

A win over Froch, would strengthen his hand as he tries to break into the U.S. market.

Froch (28-2-0, 20 KOs) lost to American Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six tournament that featured the world's top middleweights except for Bute (30-0-0, 24 KOs).

Ward has not shown much interest in facing Bute even though some analysts believe the latter is the top challenger in the division.

Bute said he's not willing to stand pat while waiting for a superfight.

"It is my goal to fight with the best boxers in the division," Bute said in a statement. "Carl Froch belongs among the elite of super middleweights and it will be a great fight. I am very confident to ... fight in enemy territory."

Interbox president Jean Bedard addressed critics, mostly from the U.S., who question Bute's tendency to fight in front of friendly crowds.

"I am convinced that Lucian will silence the critics," Bedard said. "He's showing great courage in agreeing to defend his title on enemy (ground)."

Froch's promoter, Eddie Hearn, predicted the Bute-Froch fight would be the biggest that England has seen in "many years."


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