On Saturday May 26th 2012 boxing fans witnessed one of the greatest performances ever by a British boxer. Carl Froch upset the odds and halted Lucian Bute in just 5 rounds to become the new IBF super-middleweight champion and three time world champion.
There were a lot of people who doubted Froch and Bute was a huge bookies favourite. The reason for this is that Bute was an undefeated fighter and had already made nine successful defences of his title. But, right from the off, it was clear that 'The Cobra' just had too much for the Canadian-based Romanian and the crowd were behind their man all the way. Every punch that knocked Bute's head back was followed by a roar from a 10,000 strong crowd. It was in the third round that it became clear that Froch was just inches away from becoming a world champion once again. There were a few shots that landed by Bute but they had no affect on the man with the iron chin. The fourth round was more of the same, Froch throwing flurries of punches and Bute looking as though he had nothing left. And then in the fifth, Froch pinned Bute against the ropes and finished the 33-year old off once and for all. It was a bit of a late stoppage but nobody cared... the crowd went crazy and Froch was the new super-middleweight champion of the world.
|Froch hurt Bute on numerous occasions.|
It just goes to show that a fighter can be made to look good even if they only a 'B-class' fighter. Bute had never really fought anybody of any note but he was still ranked near the top of many people's pound-for-pound lists. This was his first fight in the "premier division" and he did not look like he could handle it at all.
Froch had a lot of fans going into this fight and I think after such a great performance he will have even more. There was no flaws and he showed boxing skills and controlled aggression to become the new champion of the world. Its onwards and upwards from here for 'The Cobra' as he has many options as to who he can fight next, and Froch being the fighter that he is he will not take the easy way out. His next few defences of the title will no doubt be against top class opponents and I'm looking forward to seeing the warrior back in action again.