The two-time WBC champ tackles the unbeaten IBF king in his first hometown fight since beating Andre Dirrell in his opening fight of the Super Six World Boxing Classic in October 2009.
Andre Dirrell and Jermain Taylor made triumphant returns to the ring on Friday night, both winning by knockout at the Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon, California.
Taylor, who was making his first start since October 17, 2009, was in total command and well ahead on points when the referee stopped the match 36 seconds into the eighth.
His opponent, Jessie Nicklow, was adamant that he could have continued but the outcome had long been decided and he had taken a beating.
Dirrell, who makes his comeback against Darryl Cunningham this Friday on a co-feature with fellow ring returnee Jermain Taylor, labelled Bute a ‘protected’ fighter with ‘a lot to prove’.
Having spanned two years, four countries and four top 10 ranked super-middleweights, Carl Froch's journey to become the undisputed No1 fighter in his division is almost at an end. Just one more checkpoint to clear and the Nottingham man is home and dry. Getting there was never in doubt in his mind, but even he couldn't have imagined the highs, lows, dramas and twists the journey dished out...