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Written by Ian Wallwork

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Eddie Hearn is trying to deliver a two-part Carl Froch vs Lucian Bute deal.

Six fights in three years might not sound much, but when you consider they were against Jermaine Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Glen Johnson and Andre Ward, you might have to think again. Carl Froch hasn’t fought anyone less than the best for three years and he doesn't plan to stop in 2012.

It was only in December that he lost to P4P sensation Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six. I re-watched their fight the other day and while it seemed closer first time round, on a repeat viewing you can see Ward outclass him. I’ve said this before, but it is to Froch’s credit that he admitted as much at the end of the fight.

Ward is the only fighter in the division who is truly better than Froch. Sure he lost to Kessler, but I think Froch could take him in a rematch. With Ward, let’s be honest, too far above Froch and the people below already beaten, you could forgive him just retiring. He’s thirty four, won world belts and made enough money to spend the rest of his life playing on the Playstation 3. Froch hasn’t chosen that route.

It isn’t finalised yet but it’s possible that Froch (28-2-0) is going to fight IBF champion Lucian Bute (30-0-0) in a 2-part booking. The first fight should be in April in Montreal, with a rematch in Froch’s hometown of Nottingham. They’re taking a gamble here. 

The first fight could suck and completely discredit the second. If their styles don’t mix or one of them doesn’t want to box we could get a snoozer, and after that who would want to see a second? On the other hand we could get a classic in the first, a rematch straight away and then maybe a third to complete a trilogy. Who knows?

I’m not decided on whether I like the 2-fight deal. My gut says yes, because Froch is due a hometown fight. Over the course of the Super Six he practically lived overseas, fighting in Mashantucket, Herning, Helsinki, and twice in Atlantic City. His last fight in the UK was over two years ago, a split decision over Andre Dirrell. Big deal you might say, any European who wants to be a star has to travel to fight. Ricky Hatton realised that when he moved to the US thirty fights into his career. And it’s true; the US is the home base of boxing. 

After so long abroad fighting the best, Froch deserves to have an arena of fans behind him for a change. If you’re a great fighter and put on exciting shows, people will come to you. It worked for Joe Calzaghe who left the UK four times in forty-six fights. Or was he just special?

Some people, notably Punchbag Blog's Jake Wallwork, think Ward laid out the blueprint to beat Froch. Maybe, but it is possible that Ward was just that good. Mayweather has beaten every guy he’s fought, but it’s not like he makes that fighter a marked man for the rest of their career. 

Froch is the number two in the division in my mind, and I’d back him in a rematch with anyone except Ward. Bute can’t be written off because he is a dangerous opponent, and this two-parter could easily turn into a third and give us another great trilogy.