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Carl Froch beats Lucian Bute for title

Updated: May 28, 2012, 12:51 PM ET
Associated Press

NOTTINGHAM, England -- Carl Froch stopped Lucian Bute in the fifth round in his hometown Saturday night to claim the IBF super middleweight title.

The popular Nottingham resident, a two-time former WBC champion, was regarded as the underdog heading into the contest against the unbeaten Bute, the Romanian-born Canadian who was making his 10th title defense.

The 34-year-old Froch improved to 29-2 with his 20th knockout. He lost his WBC title to Andre Ward at the Super Six World Boxing ...

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