Cobra aiming to strike back
Carl Froch says he is ready to put his defeat to Andre Ward behind him by beating IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute.
The 34-year-old was outclassed by Ward in the final of the Super Six tournament in December and admitted in the days after the fight he had felt flat.
Froch is now looking to get back to his best and make sure the defeat to Ward was a one off by beating the undefeated Bute in Nottingham.
Bute, who has only fought outside of his home town of Montreal three times, turned down the chance to enter the Super Six tournament and concentrate on keeping his IBF title instead, successfully defending it 10 times so far.
However, in Froch Bute faces potentially his toughest opponent to date with the man nicknamed the Cobra having only lost twice in his 30-fight professional career.
Froch says he is keen to show he can still compete at world title level and hopes to bounce back from defeat to Ward - much as he did after his first ever loss to Mikkel Kessler.
"It drives you on and makes you hungrier when you lose a fight," he said.
"They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and after a loss you can either chuck it in and forget about it or you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off and think 'I'm going to set the record straight and put this right'. And that's exactly what I'm doing.
"I've done it before, when I lost a very tight decision against Mikkel Kessler. In my very next fight I came back and won the world title back against Arthur Abraham."