IBF super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute is undergoing a unique course of preparation ahead of his May 26 fight against Carl Froch at the Capitak FM Arena in Nottingham.
The undefeated Canadian-Romanian travels to Froch’s hometown and is preparing for a hostile reception from Froch’s eclectic band of new and old followers:
“While training, we recreate the atmosphere of what we expect to hear at the Capital FM Arena of Nottingham. I can’t hear the bell and I can’t even hear my coach talking to me. On May 26, I will be ready to face not only Carl Froch but also the hostile atmosphere of Froch’s fans.”
Froch has been talking up the prospects of Britain’s Olympic boxing squad brining home more glory in an arena which has seen a number of top fighters emerge from successful amateur careers to carve out decent resumes in the paid ranks.
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Froch is better placed than most to make such an assessment as he shares his coach Robert McCracken with the Olympic Development Squad and has used many of the medal hopes as training partners.
Elsewhere in the super middleweight division James DeGale may beat long-time domestic rival George Groves to a world title attempt after all.
Groves was slated to face German Robert Stieglitz next weekend but was forced to pull out of the WBO title fight with a nagging back injury. DeGale got his 2012 off to a good start with a fourth round stoppage of former world champion Cristian Sanavia in Denmark on Saturday night.
Will Groves’ fitness problems make a DeGale- Stieglitz autumn showdown an enticing reality?
Changing weight divisions and Dereck Chisora’s appeal against his boxing licence suspension will be heard on May 14th. The London born heavyweight has lost three of his last four outings however he emerged with great credit inside the ring after his February showdown with Vitali Klitschko.
An ugly post-fight brawl with fellow Brit David Haye resulted in an indefinite suspension and promoter Frank Warren has expressed concern over the way his charge’s case was handled.
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