Carl Froch says he feels fit and strong ahead of his IBF super-middleweight title bout against Lucian Bute on Saturday in his home town of Nottingham.

"If Bute thinks he can come here to my home and best me he's wrong. I know what it's like to fight against the crowd, I did it in Denmark. To come to my backyard insults me, I'm gonna punish him. I'm gonna enjoy it. Thanks to him for coming over but he's making a big mistake."

Carl's trainer Rob McCracken said: "It takes a brave man to come and face Carl. No one has ever beaten Carl in Nottingham."

"Lucian is a tremendous fighter but I think he's looked at the Ward fight and though Carl's not as fast anymore. They couldn't be more wrong. "

Froch lost his last fight against American Andre Ward in the SuperSix tournament in Atlantic City, losing the WBC/WBA supermiddleweight unification title fight.

Froch said: "It was a very bad night for me against Ward. I have a lot to prove. But I have been on the road a lot which has been hard."

Canadian Lucian Bute is undefeated and says he's excited to be here.

"Since I was last here I spent seven weeks in a training camp. It went well, I have worked very, very hard for this fight. It is not an easy fight for me," he added.

Bute's trainer, Stephan Larouche added: "We have had to prepare Bute for a war"

Froch and Bute will fight at the Capital FM Arena this Saturday.