Carl Froch heads into Saturday’s super-middleweight world title clash with Lucien Bute with home advantage, yet still a 7/4 underdog to triumph against the Canadian.
Froch suffered only the second loss of his career during his last outing, when American Andre Ward victored via unanimous decision in Atlantic City.
The Nottingham-born fighter is now keen to avenge that defeat, and with the fight taking place in Nottingham, feels he can use that setting to his advantage.
“It was a very bad night for me against Ward and I’ve got a lot to prove now,” he told the Telegraph.
“This is the comeback from the bitter disappointment on that night in Atlantic City. I’ve been on the road now for three years, fighting away from home. Nothing has been comfortable, nothing has been easy, but there is a really good feel about this fight with it being in Nottingham.”
Punters who do feel as though Froch can regain the IBF title on Saturday should be interested in betting on how he does so, with the English fighter looking a good proposition at 11/4 to win on points.
Each of Froch’s last five fights have been decided by this method, though he would need to display tremendous stamina against a man with 24 knockout wins from 30 professional fights to do so again here.
Bute, 1/2 favourite for success on Saturday, has proved himself as somewhat of a knockout specialist, but the locations of his recent title defences are interesting to note.
In nine successful title defences, Bute has fought outside Canada only once, and in that sole bout he was a clear fan favourite in Bucharest, Romania.
Therefore, the hostile atmosphere he shall experience in Nottingham may prove difficult for him to come to terms with, and deter punters from backing him to achieve a TKO win at 9/4.
In fact, the brawling style of Froch could prove too much for the Canadian to handle in unfamiliar surroundings, and the Englishman may be worth a punt at a massive 13/2 to win by knockout instead.