It doesn't matter if Bute is going to get himself knocked the **** out in front of his own fans in the first round or not. What matters is that Bute takes this fight and does his best to perform well.
Bute's had his tune-up. If he still claims to be a world-class fighter, he needs to rematch Froch in March/April, and do his best, win or lose.
If he doesn't think he is a world class fighter anymore, he has two options:-
1. milk the popularity he still has left in Montreal against lower-level fighters for another year or two until the fans stop buying tickets and he is forced to retire
2. retire with his head held high, having done his best and given his fans the best...
Bute's fans have been very loyal and very understanding and they have supported Bute morally and financially like few other boxers in the world have been in the last few years. Bute is still one of the biggest draws and best-paid boxers in the world, even after his destruction in Montreal.
Now Bute needs to repay the fans' faith and love. Either retire or fight proven world-class fighters win or lose, starting with Froch, Lucian!