Former IBF Super Middleweight Champion, Lucian Bute 31-1 (24KOs) looks all set not to trigger the rematch clause that was in his contract to bring Carl Froch over to his adoptive Canada.
By and large it is probably a wise choice, Carl Froch expressed similar directly after the Bute fight on Sky Sports stating "personally I don't think he would want a rematch after that [dismantling Bute in 5 rounds].
Over the last week it was rumoured that Bute would not go for the Froch rematch and would go down the WBC title route. With Andre Ward recovering from shoulder surgery and being "upgraded" to Champion Emeritus Sakio Bika will now fight Nikola Siekloca for the interim title (the winner could possible become the regular champion).
According to RDS.ca Bute is lining up the winner for early spring. Bute is currently ranked #3 with the WBC and with Ward out for a while it is perhaps Bute's safest and wisest option to get back among the titles at 168lbs.
I have much respect for Bute for deciding to go down this path. He was honourable enough to come to the UK to defend his title but he knows he lost to the better man that night, however he has also allowed Carl Froch to deal with other matters rather than leaving the argument of a rematch hanging.
Froch has indicated all along that he wants the Mikkel Kessler rematch and would probably be willing to drop the IBF title to do so. As yet the WBA have not responded to a request for information on whether the WBA title would be on the line if the fight happens