Super middleweight champion Carl Froch expects to defend his WBC belt against IBF title holder Lucian Bute some time this September. It is understood that Froch’s promoter Mick Hennessy has already made contact with the Canadian champion’s camp. Froch has made no secret of his desire to unify the super-middleweight division. The Nottingham-born star has set his sights on the IBF and WBA title. Froch told the Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta Sports News that negotiations were underway.
He said: “We seem to be making some ground, although there’s nothing official, with Lucian Bute. It’s a fight I’m definitely interested in. I’m WBC champion and I want to unify the belts.
“He’s a tough champion, he’s IBF champion and it gives me the chance to unify the divisions. And that’s something I want to do.
“He pulls a big crowd in Montreal. We’re talking about 15,000 – 20,000 fans. But with the Canadian dollar the way it is, if you work it out in comparison, it’s probably the same as getting 7000 in the Nottingham Arena.
“If I have to go to Canada and fight Lucian Bute over there I’ll do it. But I’d like to get a fight in Nottingham, for the fans.”