Froch: ‘Bute fight will be my best’
Carl Froch believes his IBF super-middleweight title challenge against Lucian Bute has the makings of a classic as the Nottingham says he is in the prime of his career, despite approaching his 35th birthday.
The Cobra will be hoping to bounce back from his defeat to Andre Ward in the Super Six Final when he takes on the unbeaten Romanian on May 26, live on Sky Sports HD.
‘When I fight I'm in there to entertain, I'm looking for the finish, looking for the knockout,’ Froch told Sky Sports. ‘I'm not ducking and holding, I'm looking at putting on a real good show.
‘And I think against Lucian Bute, he boxes and moves, he can punch a bit, I think this fight against Bute has the makings of a real, real showdown. Probably one of my best fights.
‘It is a massive fight for me. I'm 35 in July, but I don't think age has much of a bearing if you look after yourself between fights which I do.
‘You have to concentrate and the recovery takes a bit longer so it probably feels harder, but you're probably doing the same work but it feels a bit harder, so mentally you have to dig in a bit more.
‘But physically you can keep going into your late 30s, even your 40s if you keep yourself well. Bernie Hopkins is 47, he's almost a freak of nature to be 47 and still fighting.
‘I really don't think I will be fighting then. But at 34 I feel very much in my prime, a lot of it has to do with how you treat yourself, whether you smoke or drink and the food you eat, but I do everything right.’