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Bute ready to spoil Froch party

By Dave Spencer

While Carl Froch is promising to greet visitor Lucian Bute who makes the tenth defense of his IBF super-middleweight with a decibel hell this weekend in Nottingham England, the champion to plans crash the home-coming party for the former two-time world champion. “This is Carl Froch’s organized home-coming party,” says Bute’s trainer Stephane Larouche, “We’ve decided to come, we’re not welcome, but we know what role we have to play. The positive energy won’t be there, we know that when we’re in there, it’s going to be a maximum amount of effort for a minimum amount of reward and the opposite is true for your opponent, that for a minimum amount of efficiency, he’ll get a maximum amount of reward.”

Larouche who has had decisions go the wrong way before when fighting on the road has done everything he can to set the table for his fighter, but knows no matter what the preparation, it is still going to an arduous task for his fighter who will be out of his comfort zone come Saturday night, Bute’s first time as a professional going into truly hostile territory. “You can’t force things” advises the trainer who was at the wrong end of a controversial decision years ago in Germany that cost his fighter Eric Lucas his world title. “You have to trust the system unfortunately but most of the time the system is right. But you have to realize when you’re not at home, you have to give that little bit more. I told Lucian and he feels the same way that once he walks to the ring he’ll be putting the belt down and it will become vacant and he’ll have to work a little harder to gain it back.” continue reading

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