Boxing - Froch still keen on Bute rematch

Carl Froch is targeting a trip to Montreal later this year for a rematch with Lucian Bute, once he has ‘avenged his loss’ against Mikkel Kessler.

Boxing - Froch still keen on Bute rematch

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Carl Froch does battle with Lucian Bute en route to a third world title (Lawrence Lustig)

The three-time World champion won the IBF belt from Bute last May and it has been reported that the 32 year old Romanian-Canadian could be in line for a shot at the WBC title on the same night as Froch vs. Kessler II.

The announcement of that fight led some to speculate that a Bute rematch was no longer on the cards, but the Nottingham super middleweight still intends to travel to Canada before targeting a blockbuster UK bout against Andre Ward.

“People always ask me how many fights do I have left but right now it’s all about focusing on Mikkel Kessler,” said Froch.

“I know what an intense war that will be but after I’ve avenged my loss I want to return to Montreal and take care of Bute again.

“It looks like he is in line for the WBC title so a fight for all the belts would be a huge occasion over there.

“The final piece in the jigsaw is Ward. He beat me fair and square first time round but I promise it would be one hell of a different fight here in the UK.”

A date and venue for Froch vs. Kessler II will be announced shortly.

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