Thursday, May 24, 2012
Bute-Froch won't be 'toe story'
By Dan Rafael
No matter what happens when super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute faces former two-time titleholder Carl Froch, he won't use a recent foot infection as an excuse, according to trainer Stephan Larouche.
Bute (30-0, 24 KOs), the Montreal star, will defend his title -- his 10th defense -- at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England, where Super Six World Boxing Classic runner-up Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) is from, on Saturday night (6 p.m. ET, Epix and EpixHD.com).
Earlier this month, Bute was nursing an infection in his right foot and was on antibiotics during the height of his training camp. Larouche said the issue arose after Bute tried a new shoe about a month ago.
"Lucian had two blisters," Larouche said. "Lucian kept telling me, 'I'm having a little bit more pain in this one,' and I kept telling him, 'Well, it's not the end of the world,' until one day, he had some blood coming out of it, and the blood was not nice colors.
"So we lead him to the doctors. The doctors said had he not come to see [them], you're going to lose your [big] toe. It's a major infection and the infection was up to the ankle."
At that point, Bute went on the antibiotics for about 10 days.
"Everything has disappeared," Larouche said. "He has no more infection. We cannot even see it no more, so he's bouncing as he used to. Perfect feet right now."
Larouche said if there was any issue with the infection, Bute would have withdrawn from the fight.
Then Larouche took a shot at former heavyweight titlist David Haye of England, who used a sore little toe as an excuse for his lopsided points loss against champion Wladimir Klitschko last summer.
"It's not going to be a toe story," Larouche said.