Super middleweight Lucian Bute plans to go through with his much-anticipated title defense against former titlist Carl Froch, despite nursing a foot infection for the past week at his South Florida training camp, promoter InterBox announced Monday.
Bute, the Montreal star who will be making his 10th title defense, is scheduled to meet Froch on May 26 (Epix and EpixHD.com) in Froch's hometown of Nottingham, England.
"Lucian Bute has been bothered by an infection in his foot since last Saturday," InterBox said in a statement. "However, the condition is improving and InterBox and Lucian Bute are confident that Lucian will be able to fight according to schedule."
InterBox said that a foot specialist has prescribed antibiotics to Bute to treat the infection.
"He will meet with doctors again later this week to ensure that the foot is healing according to schedule," InterBox said.
Bute (30-0, 24 KOs), a native of Romania who recently became a Canadian citizen, has fought all of his previous defenses in Montreal and Quebec City, plus one in Romania. He has been criticized by many for fighting only in front of hometown crowds, which is one of the reasons he has said he accepted a deal to go to Froch's turf.
"For me it's the right time to come away from home and defend my belt and in my heart I believe I will be victorious," Bute said. "I've been criticized for not fighting away from home. I remember when (now retired former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion) Joe Calzaghe fought away from home (Wales) at the end of his career he received the respect he deserved for doing that and that's what I am looking to do."
Froch (28-2, 20 KOs), a former two-time super middleweight titlist, will be facing Bute in his first bout since losing a decision to Andre Ward in a title unification bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic final on Dec. 17.