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Saturday night, Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO) takes to the ring as possibly the most undervalued and underappreciated fighter in boxing.
He no longer is underrated, as he is widely considered the third-best super middleweight in the world behind his opponent Saturday, Lucian Bute, and top dog Andre Ward, who defeated Froch in the Super Six final.
Yet Froch still does not seem to get full credit for his abilities in the ring and the incredible level of competition he has faced over the last three years.
A simple look at Froch's opposition, results and level of entertainment in his last seven fights demonstrates what "The Cobra" brings each time he steps in the ring. He has faced possibly the toughest level of competition in the sport in the last three-plus years of any active fighter. He is 5-2 over that stretch.
The level of opposition speaks for itself. Jean Pascal is a young, strong, heavy-handed fighter. Jermain Taylor may have been past his best when he met Froch but still was a very gifted boxer. Andre Dirrell brought extreme speed and athletic talent. Mikkel Kessler is one of the best super middleweights of this era and a complete boxer with power. Arthur Abraham, while not the force he once was considered, still can be dangerous with his cagey defense and one-punch power. Glen Johnson will give anyone hell on any night and must always be respected. Finally, Froch's last opponent, Andre Ward, is skyrocketing up the pound-for-pound charts with his all-around talent and skill set.
The results in those seven fights are excellent. In a sport where going undefeated has a higher premium than any other sport, Froch's 5-2 mark is often not appreciated because he didn't win every bout. No fighter short of possibly Mayweather, Pacquiao and maybe Ward could face that level of varied opposition and come out on top with a better winning percentage than the Nottingham, England native.
Froch took home wins in grueling fights with Pascal and Johnson where his resilient chin weathered some heavy shots to carry the day. He got off the canvas against Taylor to come from behind with a last-second knockout. He was able to do enough to beat the crafty Dirrell and he completely dominated Abraham.
His two losses are certainly forgivable. He dropped a close decision to Kessler in Mikkel's home country of Denmark in a fight that could have gone either way. The only convincing loss was to Ward in the Super Six final. Losing to Ward should have no backlash whatsoever as Ward is showing to be one of the elite top-five talents in the sport.
The final point on what Froch brings to the squared circle is the excitement factor.
His bout with Pascal was a barnburner. His win over Taylor was high drama where Froch got up from a knockdown in round three and pulled a dramatic come-from-behind win, outlasting the fading Taylor to score a vicious knockout with only fourteen seconds left in the fight.
His fight with Kessler was a toe-to-toe, back-and-forth slugfest that was by far the most entertaining fight of the Super Six tournament, and the Johnson fight was not far behind in entertainment value. The only two fights that were not overly exciting were against Dirrell and Ward, but that is more a product of the opponent's style, not Froch.
Saturday, Froch continues his run of only facing the best of the best when he takes on the No. 2 man in the division Lucian Bute. His opponent Saturday is unbeaten, sports an 80 percent knockout rate, and is an athletic boxer-puncher. Froch will again challenge himself at the highest level.
Toss in other intangibles such as the fact he has fought in America, Denmark, Finland and his home country England along with being given little shot to succeed in the Super Six and Froch again comes out looking rosy after his recent run of fights.
He may not be the No. 1 man in the division or a pound-for-pound star. He may not be the most talented, but he certainly has a high enough skill level to complement his toughness and extreme desire to fight. While his personality is not always loved, his confidence that borders on arrogance brings added entertainment to a sport that thrives on excitement in and out of the ring.
Froch should be appreciated for everything he brings to the sport. Had Froch fought in a different era his value may have been more appreciated. This generation should at least begin to appreciate the many facets of Carl Froch.
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In their highly anticipated super middleweight showdown from Nottingham, England, Carl Froch proved to simply have too much power and determination against Lucian Bute, hurting him repeatedly until earning a 5th round TKO win. Official time was 1:05 of the fifth. Read on for our full recap of the Bute vs. Froch results.
Bute vs. Froch Results
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Carl Froch stopped Lucian Bute in the fifth round in his hometown Saturday night to claim the IBF super-middleweight title.
The popular Nottingham resident, a two-time former WBC champion, was regarded as the underdog heading into the contest against the unbeaten Bute, the Romanian-born Canadian who was making his 10th title defense.
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In a battle between two of the top super middleweights in the world, Carl Froch thrilled his raucous hometown fans with a dominant fifth-round TKO victory over previously undefeated Lucian Bute in an exhilirating, career-best performance.The bout, broadcast live in the U.S. on Epix and streamed live on EpixHD.com from an energized Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, UK, matched the runner...
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Lucian Bute and Carl Froch stepped on the scales this afternoon in preparation of their fight on Saturday in Froch's backyard of Nottingham, England. Both men were able to make weight without any issue. Right here, you can find the Bute vs. Froch weigh-in results, with weights, a short video clip of Bute on the scales, and more. Check it out.
Lucian Bute-Carl Froch Weights ...
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Unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) makes the 10th defense of his crown and the first in his opponent's backyard as he travels to England to do battle with Super Six World Boxing Classic runner-up Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) at the Nottingham Arena on Saturday night.
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“Mister KO” Lucian Bute will defend his IBF super middleweight belt later today against Brit Carl Froch at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. Froch (28-2, 20 KOs), a past two-time WBC super middleweight titleholder, lost to American superstar … Continue reading →
Epix HD is bringing us a big super middleweight title bout from Nottingham, England. Bruce Beck, Sugar Ray Leonard and Dan Rafael are on hand to call the action as Carl "The Cobra" Froch tries to wow his hometown fans by taking the IBF belt from Lucian Bute.Chris Mannix from Sports Illustrated recaps the issues Bute has had with his toe, though he says it is okay now. Though...
It took nearly three years to complete it, but the groundbreaking boxing endeavor that was the Super Six World Boxing Classic was good business for premium U.S. television network Showtime—until they decided to cash in their chips at the conclusion.
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