Froch-Bute II confirmed for March 2013
Carl Froch's proposed rematch with Lucian Bute has been confirmed for next March, with the pair agreeing to take interim fights before they clash in Montreal.
Froch produced a devastating display to knock out Bute in the fifth round when they met in May, becoming a three-time world champion and the newly-crowned IBF super-middleweight king in the process.
A rematch clause was inserted into the contract but, such was the beating Bute received in Nottingham, there were doubts whether the Canada-based 32-year-old would exercise his right to a second contest.
However, Bute - who suffered the first defeat of his career at the hands of Froch - has decided he wants another crack at the Brit and is confident he can reclaim his belt in 2013.
"That was not the real Lucian Bute in that Nottingham ring on May 26," he said. "I spent the last few weeks reflecting about what went wrong, what happened, and the only thing that is crystal clear in my mind is that I want my rematch with Carl Froch as soon as possible."
In the meantime, Froch is being lined up for a title defence in Britain for some time in November, with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, Froch's promoter, hopeful both men will be at the peak of their powers ahead of their sequel.
"Froch versus Bute has already gone down as one of the greatest nights in British boxing history," Hearn said. "It generated record television audiences and a sold-out arena where fans were treated to what many respected pundits and fighters have described as one of the best atmospheres ever felt in a British fight. Of course, like any fighter, Lucian is keen to avenge this defeat and, as per our agreement, has the opportunity to try to make that happen.
"Both myself and Lucian's promoter, Jean Bedard [of InterBox] feel that it is in the best interests of both fighters and any future rematch that both fighters will take an interim fight later this year. Froch versus Bute II in Montreal is a massive event and I'm sure that impressive victories for both men later this year will add further fuel to the fire."