Carl Froch: Lucian Bute expects re-match

World champion Carl Froch has moved closer to another fight with Lucian Bute after the former champion said he is keen to trigger a re-match clause.

Froch beat the Canadian at the Nottingham Arena in May to win the IBF super-middleweight belt, with a re-match clause in the original contract.

But because the fight was so one-sided, it was thought Bute may not be keen.

However he told "I know I want my revenge, no matter when. We have a solid re-match clause.

Bute added: "Froch will come to Montreal in either March or April."

Last weekend Froch, who retained his IBF super-middleweight title with an impressive stoppage of American Yusaf Mack last month, told BBC Radio Nottingham: "He's got to give us an answer by the end of this week.

"What they might say is that we have a re-match later in the year, but that's not much good to us."

The 35-year old has also been keen to face re-matches with the two fighters who have beaten him in his career - the WBC and WBA champion Andre Ward who fights Brian Magee on 8 December.

"If we're going to have the fight, we want to get him out of the way as soon as we can, because the Kessler fight is the big one," said Froch.

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