Joe Calzaghe: Carl Froch can beat Lucian Bute

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Joe Calzaghe tips Carl Froch to use the home crowd to his advantage and claim the IBF super-middleweight title when he meets Lucian Bute in Nottingham on May 26.

Joe Calzaghe has tipped Carl Froch to beat Lucian Bute, claiming that home advantage could be vital.

Undefeated Bute will put his IBF super-middleweight title on the line in Nottingham on May 26.

While Calzaghe concedes that the odds are in Bute's favour, he thinks that the 32-year-old Romanian may be made to regret agreeing to fight in his opponent's hometown.

"Bute's definitely the favourite but home advantage does count for a lot," Calzaghe told The Sun.

"If Froch can drag him into a war and make it a toe-to-toe affair, I can see the crowd spurring him on to the win.

"All I would say is that Bute wouldn't have come to England unless he was confident. It's going to be a tough, tough night, but I think Froch has got a chance."

Froch has said that he will use his defeat to Andre Ward as motivation ahead of the showdown with Bute.

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