Froch to face Bute in rematch
Carl Froch will defend his IBF super-middleweight title against an as yet unknown opponent in the United Kingdom in November before taking a rematch with Lucian Bute next March in Montreal.
Froch bounced back from his defeat to American Andre Ward in the Super Six tournament final by sensationally stopping Bute in the fifth round of their contest at the Nottingham Arena in May.
But the Canada-based 32-year-old, who fell to his first loss as a professional, has taken up the option of using the rematch clause guaranteeing him a chance to reclaim his belts in Canada.
"Froch vs. Bute has already gone down as one of the greatest nights in British boxing history," said Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn.
"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 feel that it is the best interests of both fighters and any future rematch that both fighters will take an interim fight later this year.
"Froch vs. 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."
Bute was being touted as a future opponent for Ward to decide the best fighter in the 168lb division but the loss has dented those plans.
He does not think he did himself justice in May but is relishing the opportunity to fight on his home patch next year.
"That was not the real Lucian Bute in that Nottingham ring on May 26," he said.