News May 2019

Carl Froch talks Bute vs Magee


Froch pounds Abraham in his last fight

PART 2 of our 3 part interview with WBC super middleweight champion Carl 'the cobra' Froch continues. Following on from our Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham showdown, we touch on the rest of the super middleweight scene today. What do you think of your old friend Brian Magee challenging for the IBF strap ?

"Yeah it's really good for Brian and the Irish fans. I wish him the very best, I really do." What you make of Lucian Bute ?

"Lucian Bute has fought way too many bums at the Bell Centre for anyone to take him seriously and I think his team realise that it has all reached saturation point for them.

"They were gonna fight Pavlik I think on HBO, then he went into rehab and so that fell apart for them. I think they realised they had to start fighting credible opponents - and basically the rest of the division was all already onboard at Showtime.

"But yeah, as a person he seems a nice guy who says the right things. But as a fighter his body of work is non-existant. Never taken a risk, never left his comfort zone and basically never fought anybody.

"I've fought Taylor, Pascal, Kessler, Dirrell, Abraham - whilst he has fought Brinkley, Joppy and Andrade. And he was lucky against Andrade in the first fight.

"Anyone can look a million peso fighting the dross that his promoters have lined up for him.

"Take Magee, I knocked him out 4 years ago and he is perhaps the best fighter Bute will have faced to date. I had a snapped thumb from round one onwards too. So whats your prediction for their fight ?

"Well if Bute is as good as everyone keeps saying then he should take apart and stop Magee. But I forecast that Magee potentially has the ability to give Lucian Bute a lot of aggro.

"Magee needs to dictate his own terms, grab the fight by the scruff of the neck. He is experienced, can punch a bit and hasn't got a flashy record to protect. If he can pull the trigger and not get caught with a silly shot then he has everything to play for.

"Maybe Lucian Bute is concentrating more on looking good for his big occaision on Showtime, than thinking about Magee.

"I'd definitely crack open a Guinness if he did the business. It would be great for Irish boxing, definitely. Would you fight Lucian Bute ?

"Is that a trick question? In a heartbeat. I'd fight him right after I've won the Super Six.

"But the reality is that Mikkel Kessler is the deserving fighter in this whole equation and not the likes of Bute.

"Bute has been sitting pretty in his Canadian comfort zone, whilst we all have career shortening wars in genuine fights. Bute has to get in line.

"Me and Mikkel have round 13 to continue from where we left off. After I'd punched his face in, I thought 'he's finished now' - but he's adamant he's coming back, so big respect to him. What are your thoughts on Robin Reid making a return to Prizefighter 'The Super Middleweights' ?

"I like Rob Reid because he is a character and The Prizefighter format is fun and interesting. A lot of the match ups are like bite-sized wars.

The last one with Travis and Dodson was really good, honest British action. There was loads of claret flying about and it was entertaining. Bit strange how some random can just get straight into the final and pick up half the purse though without firing a shot. I think the rules might have been tweaked now. What do you think of Robin Reid's chances ?

"As long as he has kept himself in the gym since retirement and most importantly, starts fast, then Reid has as good a chance as anyone.

"When you've fought at a higher level you can immeadiately tell. Dodson breezed past most of his opponents.

"The only thing is that Robin Reid is a bit of a 'name' and he could either put a bit of fear into his younger opponents, or they could see him as a nice scalp. Basically people will up their game for him.

PART 3 of our interview will be put up tomorrow folks.

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