Originally Posted by Decebal
After Bute beat Tatevosyan, he was offered an eliminator fight to be Berrio's mandatory. Froch was then offered the opportunity to fight Bute in that eliminator. It was the fastest way to a title. He declined. Bika accepted. Bute fought Bika and Froch fought...Tatevosyan. Bute then fought Berrio and Froch fought...Reid. After the Reid fight, Froch said Tatevosyan had told him how much better he was than Bute. Froch also said he'd easily have KO'ed both Bute and Berrio and would in fact have finished "glass-chinned joke" Berrio faster than Bute, for after all, he had dispatched Tatevosyan early, and Bute didn't dispatch him at all.
So...after dodging Bute, Froch fought the man Bute just beat and bragged how he'd KO...Bute...and Berrio. (He also mentioned how Kessler wasn't the test he looked for; he wanted Joe, who beat Kessler, and that he'd beat Joe too, but that's another story)
So you think that Froch - who is now fighting an eliminator for the generally more sought-after WBC title - is scared of Bute because he chose not to fight the said fighter (who would easily have been the highest caliber opponent Froch has faced) while he was in need of knee surgery.
If Froch is genuine in his desire to fight Joe Calzaghe, then I think it's fair to assume his best chance of getting that fight, would be by way of becoming a mandatory for one of the belts JC was likely to be aquiring from Kessler.