IBF Super-Middleweight World Title
26 May 2012
Nottingham's Carl Froch is the new IBF Super-Middleweight World Champion after he produced a scintillating hometown display to stop unbeaten Romanian Lucian Bute in the fifth round.
Both fighters went into the bout just seven ounces apart and the lighter Brit looked fierce from the first bell landing a stunning left-hook which rocked his southpaw counterpart. From that moment on Bute rarely threatened and Froch outclassed his opponent over four strong rounds with continuous onslaughts, unloading multiple left-right combinations.
Froch's victory goes some way to putting right the disappointment of Super Six defeat against Andre Ward last December and possibly setting up an enthralling rematch, should Bute pass up his return clause as expected.