The Daily Express Niall Hickman20th May, 2009

Froch overcame Jermain Taylor a month ago in the first defence of his WBC belt in a memorable showdown, finishing off the American with just 14 seconds left in the fight.

Promoter Mick Hennessy is now set to bring Canada-based IBF champion Bute to Nottingham and said: "It is almost a done deal and it looks like being at the Nottingham Arena in one of the first two weeks of September.

"Bute's camp is showing plenty of interest and they want to fight the very best. We would then be looking at setting up a fight with WBA champion Mikkel Kessler next March." The fight against Romania-born Bute will be held at about 2am in order to accommodate American TV and Froch says he cannot wait to get back and perform in front of his hometown fans.

"Since beating Taylor, my popularity has soared and I find it hard even to walk down the street these days without being stopped," said Froch. "To fight again in front of my fans will be marvellous. I was prepared to go and fight in Montreal against Bute if that was necessary, but it looks like it will now happen in Nottingham.

"I took a risk by taking on Taylor in America but that is the kind of guy I am. I am not afraid to gamble."