Froch Destroys Bute, 5 Possible Opponents For The "Cobra"!
By Logan Carver
Nottingham, England– If you’re a fan of comeback stories then you had to love Carl “The Cobra” Froch’s devastating TKO victory over the highly touted undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute on Saturday night.
You know, I’ve got to be honest, after watching Froch’s close points win over Andre Dirrell. and clear loss to Andre Ward, who similar to Bute possessed superior hand speed, as well as boxing ability, I thought that those attributes alone would lead to a Bute victory.
When the first bell rang, both fighters seemed to fight on even terms with Froch landing some solid power shots. Lucian would take over in the final minute with some crisp counter lefts of his own, but that is where Bute’s success would end as Froch would surprisingly begin to take over with counter punching, landing almost at will. After hurting his man several times along the ropes with superb combinations in the third and fourth round, Froch would go in for the kill, and batter Bute into submission causing referee, Earl Brown, to stop the fight in the 5th at the request of his corner, handing Bute his first pro defeat, and Carl Froch a third world title. Now, with the Ward loss seemingly behind him, the question is, where does Carl Froch go from here?, I personally think he still has some unfinished business with a few top Super Middleweights as well a few others in Weight classes around him. Here are some possible scenarios besides the Bute rematch for the “Cobra”.
Mikkel Kessler (45-2-0, 34KO’s) (Rematch)
Who could forget the first clash between Denmark’s, Mikkel Kessler and Carl Froch, It was one of the best fights of 2010. By far the best fight of the Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament. It was back and forth action from the very beginning with both fighters throwing and landing tremendous power shots. In the end, Kessler was handed a unanimous decision in his hometown to dethrone Froch as WBC Champion. Now, I’m not calling it a robbery, but I personally thought Froch won a clear decision in a competitive fight. With both fighters coming off impressive KO victories, I think it would make perfect sense for them to settle who the better man is, once and for all, who knows, we could see a trilogy.
Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (49-2-2, 28KO’s)
This is probably a long shot, but could you imagine how good of a fight this could be? Martinez is a small middleweight, so if it happened it would probably be at a catch weight of 164lbs. I’m not a fan of catch weights, but I think that’s reasonable to both fighters. The reason I’m intrigued by this is because of Martinez last outing against Matthew Macklin. Macklin really brought the fight to Martinez until he began to unravel in the middle rounds setting up the perfect chance for “Maravilla” to score a great KO win. Froch can bring even more pressure along with power all night long, and with his granite chin, Martinez won’t be able to rely on a one punch KO. Froch isn’t hard to find with counter shots and Martinez excels at that, it’s speed, precision vs. power , toughness in a pick-em fight.
Kelly Pavlik (38-2-0, 33KO’s)
This has fight of the year written all over it. Say what you want about former Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik, but he is willing to go to war with just about anyone. Pavlik is new to the Super Middleweight Division and really needs a big time name to continue his comeback trail following two losses, a battle with alcoholic abuse. Who better to do with it, then someone like Froch, who will surely oblige any fire fight Pavlik may want. Although I’m not sure if Pavlik would come out very well in the end, but it would be fun while it lasted.
Andre Ward (25-0) (Rematch)
Following his win over Bute, Froch immediately mentioned a rematch with the only man to beat him clearly, WBA/ WBC Champion, Andre Ward. I don’t think we would see a different outcome if this happened again. It’s no shame to Froch, but Ward is just that good. Although he gave Ward full credit for his victory, Carl also stated that he wasn’t fully there that night, and with his confidence at all time high, you just never know what could happen.
Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14KO’s) (Rematch)
This might be an unpopular choice to fight fans. The style Dirrell brought to his first fight against Froch. Dirrell has great evasive skills, his comeback has been slow to say the least. Let’s look back at the first fight, Dirrell really knew going in that he couldn’t go toe to toe with someone who can crack like Froch, so he did what most sane people would do, and that’s keep his distance, avoid being hit as much as possible. Problem with that is, you’re not going to win over the fans, or the judges by doing that, especially in your opponents backyard. Despite that, I thought he had a lot of success with that, and even buckled Froch in the later rounds which is something we rarely see. In the end, Froch won a well deserved split decision, I personally thought Dirrell edged it, but like I said fighting the way he did doesn’t really win you fights. However, I believe both fighters have grown tremendously since that fight and both would bring their A game to prove a point.