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Carl Froch stopped Lucian Bute in the fifth round in his hometown on Saturday 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, who was making his 10th title defense.
The 34-year-old Froch (29-2, 20 KOs), who lost his WBC title to Andre Ward at the Super Six World Boxing Classic in December, admitted before Saturday's contest that he had much to prove after his last defeat.
He was the aggressor early on in his first home bout in three years, striking first in the opening round and finishing the second emphatically with a right-hand, left-hook combination.
Bute, who was born in Romania but became a Canadian citizen in March, landed two counter lefts in the third round but looked wobbly as Froch continued his unrelenting attack.
Both fighters traded jabs in the fourth round before Froch delivered a powerful right and followed with a flurry of punches.
Bute was saved by the bell as Froch landed a fierce left hook to end the round.
The Canadian looked timid and unsteady as the fifth round got under way. Froch then connected with a right that rocked Bute's head back and several more punches that pushed Bute against the ropes, prompting referee Earl Brown to deliver the count.
The 32-year-old Bute (30-1, 24 KOs) had held the IBF title since defeating Colombia's Alejandro Berrio in 2007.
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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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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.
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