This Saturday from Montreal’s Bell Centre, former WBC, IBO, and The Ring Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KO’s) and former IBF Super Middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) will faceoff to see who will remain relevant in a all of a sudden stacked Light Heavyweight division.
Both fighters, whose career’s have gone on a downward slump as of late, desperately need a big win to throw themselves in the mix. Lucian Bute was regarded as one of the best, if not best Super Middleweight fighter in the world (not named Andre Ward) leading up to his devastating loss at the hands of Carl Froch in May of 2012. Since then he has only fought once, a fight in which he won against Denis Grachev, but looked uncertain and failed to impress. So there are questions as to whether Bute still has the hunger to win, or whether Froch beat that hunger out him.
Jean Pascal was also regarded one of the best in the Light Heavyweight division leading up to his fight against Legendary Bernard Hopkins. He of course suffered a draw and then in 2011 in their rematch lost a unanimous decision to him. Since then has only fought twice, winning both against unknown competition.
Both fighters possess an advantage over the other. On the one hand, Lucian Bute with his 24 knockouts in 31 wins obviously possesses the edge in punching power. He can has knockout power in both hands and can end the fight at any time. Jean Pascal seems to have the slight advantage in hand speed. He could also get the upper hand with his overall punch output. With Lucian Bute looking gun shy in his last performance, Pascal’s busy smothering offense could give him the edge in the fight.
The real question is who can fight the way they used to fight? Since both fighters have been relatively inactive the last couple of years, it’s difficult to gage who will be the one who takes the step forward in their careers.
One thing is for sure, both fighters desperately need this win, and win convincingly. With new superstars Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson at the top of the division, its clear that a big win from either fighter will bring up some attractive match ups. So who has got what it takes to reemerge as a star, Bute or Pascal?
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Hector “El Torito” Gomez @hector_gomez810