Pascal says he let Bute hit him to try make fight closer for a rematch

bute67674By Scott Gilfoid: In a startling confession after his 12 round unanimous decision win last night over Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KO’s), Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) says that he was intentionally letting Bute hit him in the later rounds in order to make the fight close enough to where fans would be eager to see a rematch between them. Pascal says he knew he was well ahead in the fight, so he chose to let Bute tee off on him to attract interest in a 2nd fight.

Here’s Pascal’s comments when asked by Max Kellerman of HBO why he was letting Bute nail him with shots “It’s about the rematch, to make the fight a little bit closer. I knew I was winning the fight.

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Bute says he wants rematch against Pascal after loss

bute6555By Allan Fox: In one of the worst performances of former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute’s career, he was soundly beaten by Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 O’s) in losing a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores 116-112, 118-110, 117-111 in Montreal, Canada at the Bell Centre. Bute failed to let his hands go until the 12th round, and even then he looked afraid of getting hit by Pascal.

After the fight Bute confessed that he couldn’t throw punches because he was tired. But he said he still wants a rematch with Pascal. The Canadian fans might not be interested in seeing Bute and Pascal fight again though considering how dull the fight was. Bute might be able to convince Pascal to give him a rematch, because Pascal wasn’t chomping at the bit after the fight to call out Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev when asked if he wants to fight them by HBO.

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Pascal dominates Bute; Perez – Takam fight to draw

bute6666By Jim Dower: Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) dominated a timid looking Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KO’s) on Saturday night to move forward with his career at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The final judges scores were 116-112, 118-110, 117-110. Pascal ran out of gas in the final 4 rounds, and he quite fortunate that Bute didn’t throw punches in the first 8 rounds because he could have easily won the fight.

Pascal took a lot of head shots in the 12th round when he went to the ropes and let Bute tee off on him. Pascal appeared hurt, but he was able to turn things around.

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Pascal thinks Bute hasn’t recovered from loss to Froch

pascal000By Scott Gilfoid: Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) thinks Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) hasn’t fully recovered mentally from his disappointing 5th round TKO loss to Britain’s Carl Froch from 2 years ago in Nottingham. Pascal says Bute didn’t look like he had didn’t have the same confidence he once had in his last fight against Denis Grachev. Pascal plans on trying to take advantage of Bute’s so-called destroyed psyche tonight in their fight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

“I doubt he has his confidence back,” Pascal said to Hustleboss. “He fought Carl Froch and he got destroyed by Carl Froch. And then he fought Denis Grachev and he was so-so. He won a 12 round decision, but he got shook a little bit. So I don’t think he got his confidence back. I will test him him inside the ring. He doubts himself. It’s mental.”

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Will Lucian Bute’s chin withstand Pascal’s power tonight?

froch3232By Allan Fox: A rusty NABF light heavyweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) will be taking a very dangerous fight for him tonight against former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Bute is the underdog in this fight, but not because Pascal is a great fighter or anything close to that.

Bute’s mainly the underdog because of his stoppage loss to Carl Froch in 2012, and then his shaky performance in his last fight in beating Denis Grachev. Some boxing fans are saying that Bute has lost a lot and is a shot fighter while others see it as a case that he was never that good to begin with and well-protected by his Canadian promoters.

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Bellew sees Bute as damaged goods

bute3446By Scott Gilfoid: Having been obliterated recently by Adonis Stevenson, former 175 lb. contender Tony Bellew says he sees Canada’s Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) as not being the same fighter after his loss to Carl Froch two years ago in Nottingham, UK, and he thinks that Bute will lose this Saturday night in his clash with fellow Canadian Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Bellow thinks it’ll come down to Pascal’s youth and experience in leading him to victory over the 33-year-old Bute. Pascal is two years younger at 31.

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Bute not worried about being underdog to Pascal

bute563By Allan Fox: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) isn’t worried in the least about him being the underdog for his fight this Saturday night against Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) for their fight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Bute, 33, sees this as the first time in his career that he’s been an underdog, but he expects it due to his stoppage loss to Carl Froch in May of 2012 and his less than impression showing in beating Denis Grachev in his last fight in November 2012. Pascal has been fighting better than Bute recently, albeit against weak opposition.

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My Two Cents: Pascal vs Bute

bute3434By Jay McIntyre:


When: Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
Who: Jean Pascal vs Lucien Bute
What’s at stake?: WBC Diamond light-heavyweight title (for whatever that’s worth)


It is a fight that has lost some of its significance. Indeed, had it happened several years ago, it would have been a very worthy pay per view draw. Nevertheless, on January 18th, Jean Pascal and Lucien Bute will finally meet in Montreal – a turf war of sorts in one of the oldest cities in North America that both men call home.

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Bute focused and ready for Pascal fight on Saturday night

bute454By Eric Thomas: NABF light heavyweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) is ready to defend his title on Saturday night against Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) in what should be an exciting fight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Bute has been out of action because of an injured hand in 2013, and it’s taken him a little bit longer than he expected to get back in the ring.

Bute has totally healed and he feels 100 percent ready for this match-up. He’s seen a lot of Pascal’s fights over the years, and knows exactly how to beat to him. On Saturday, Bute will show whether he can actually do that.

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Pascal faces Bute in a battle between guys fighting for relevancy

pascal3423By Dan Ambrose: In a battle of aging Canadian based fighters just trying to stay relevant, Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) will be fighting NABF light heavyweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) on Saturday in a fight that will be shown on Showtime from the Bell Centre, Montreal, in Canada.

Both guys don’t have a lot of defeats on their resumes, but they’ve been kind of forgotten about by boxing fans due to their time off from boxing from injuries. Pascal only fought once in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Bute didn’t fight at all last year, and in his two fights in 2012, he looked like a shot fighter. Froch stopped Bute in the 5th round in May of 2012, and then Bute had a lot of problems in beating fringe contender Denis Grachev in November of 2012.

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