Carl Froch rips Lucian Bute and talks making weight
Carl Froch picked up the phone whilst waiting for his food in Nando's to be delivered to set straight a couple of things he'd read recently on other websites, whereby Jean Beddard the chief of Interbox had made allegations about the Nottingham man's alleged fear of fighting their IBF champion Lucian Bute.
But first he was quick to tell us about his weight and mental state before flying out to America yesterday.
"I'm having the extra spicy chicken. With all the side dishes apart from chips as they are fried - and a big glass of iced water. I've trained really hard this week and my weight is exactly 168lb and I'm eating like a horse still. All good clean grilled meats, rice, vegetables and my NRG vitamin supplements.
Froch always meticulously notes all of his weights, running times, rounds sparred for each of his professional fights.
"My notes say I'm bang on the money for this point in camp with regards my weight, my runs and so on. Infact I've shaved a bit off each stat with every fight in the Super Six. The Olympic team say my body is on an upward trend which is good given my age and underlines what I feel inside - and that I'm getting stronger.
"I put it down to my focus. Having my boy here, my partner Rachael, everything in it's little place to let me concentrate on the task in hand - and that's winning the Super Six in style." said Froch, shovelling some food into his mouth.
Carl then changed the topic to Lucian Bute's promoter. Jean Beddard claimed the current WBC champion was in the "Avoiding a fight with Lucian Bute business" and added that "Business is good".
"Well Jean is half right with that comment," said Froch "in that business is indeed good."
"And from seeing the packed audience at the Bell Center of TV the other week, it would seem the Bute charade is doing good sales too. But what sets both our businesses aside is that the world of boxing respects my endeavours in the fight game but has little respect for their's.
"The reality is that he's feasting on my leftovers while I've battled for the last two years against the very best in the world to get to the final of Super Six tournament. No disrespect to William Joppy and Jesse Brinkley, but they have not achieved what the likes of Jean Pascal, Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler or Arthur Abraham have in this business.
"Me and Bute have three common opponents - Brian Magee who I flattened years ago despite having a broken hand for the domestic title, back when Magee was a lot fresher. Then we have Sergey Tatevosyan who dragged Bute the full twelve rounds. I almost put Sergey through the ropes in two lopsided rounds and retired him. Then we have Glen Johnson.
"Me and Glen had a nice little punch up and everyone enjoyed it. But being honest I was treating it as a formality, because I didn't want to have another war with the final around the corner. But when I saw Bute and Johnson fighting, good grief it was like paint drying. We had Johnson serving up all his weakness to Bute's strengths. He never jumped on Bute, and Bute never jumped on Glen - it was very forgettable indeed. I can't think of one exchange in the whole fight.
I can honestly say I've had more exciting evenings sitting with a pint of water and reading the telephone directory than watching that.
"But to now hear Team Bute almost bragging that their scorecards were better than mine is a bit embarrassing for them if we're all being honest. Bute isn't even the best fighter in Canada and I've already beaten him. I could add that I beat Pascal clearer than Hopkins which was tight, but that's a cheap stunt and you can see straight through it.
Froch, ever willing to poke fun finally added:
"Bute always comes into the ring to "Streets have no name" well they should change the lyrics to "My record has no names".
"Trust me, his team know he is vulnerable and will low-ball all of us, just like they did with Kessler, to keep him wrapped up safe and warm in Canada. If he was legit he'd take his show on the road, but he ain't.
"The Canadians ain't stupid. They know Pascal has been fighting the best and showing a big set of balls, whilst Bute sits at home cashing in. Pascal is ten times the fighter Bute will ever be."
And with that Froch promptly hung up to eat his dinner.