Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Froch Hungry for More World Glory

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Froch Hungry for More World Glory

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CARL Froch bids to become a three-time world champion tonight as he celebrates his Nottingham homecoming by dethroning unbeaten IBF king Lucian Bute.

Froch, 34, insists he is hungrier than ever despite his advancing years and defeat by Andre Ward in his last fight.

Indeed, the Englishman claims that loss, in the Super Six final in Atlantic City before Christmas, has fuelled his appetite for the sport rather than diminished it.

The former two-time WBC champion has the chance to add further gloss to an impressive legacy at the Nottingham Arena this evening, when he fights in his hometown for the first time in three years.

He faces a stiff test, however, against an unbeaten but untested champion who was overlooked for the revered Super Six competition.

Bute, a Romanian based in Canada, rarely fights away from his Quebec stronghold and Froch admitted this week he was "a bit insulted" the champion was confident enough to venture to British shores.

Froch said: "He is probably brave and stupid, a bit of both, to come here.

"He is looking at my last fight against Ward and is thinking 'maybe Froch is finished, he is coming off the back of a loss'.

"I don't know what he is thinking in his mind but I just think he has the safety net of a rematch clause and he is stepping up now to this level.

"Does he know he can do it or not? I am not so sure if he is convinced.

"He will be feeling the nerves and the pressure. He has a lot to prove and he has it all to do on Saturday against me in my hometown.

"It is going to be very difficult for him to claim a win in Nottingham."

Froch (28-2, 20KOs) was deflated after losing to Ward in December but insists the defeat has only served to fuel his ambition and bounce back in a similar way to his 2010 defeat by Mikkel Kessler. …

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