By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Neither had been in a Montreal ring for well over a year, but with Lucian Bute fighting Saturday night and Jean Pascal officially announcing Aleksy Kuziemski (23-4 7KO) as his next opponent, it didn’t take long for the local rivalry to heat up between the two former champions. In a battle of “mine is better than yours” Pascal touted that Kuziemski who the former WBC light heavyweight champion meets December 14th is a better opponent for a tune-up/comeback fight than Bute’s choice of previously unbeaten Denis Grachev.
“Kuziemski had a great amateur career and fought in two world championship fights in the pros. Just because he is not known in North America doesn’t mean he is not good,” Pascal said writing on sports network RDS’s website. “To tell you the truth, he is a better boxer than Denis Grachev, who fought Lucian Bute this weekend. In my humble opinion, Grachev is more solid, tough, but technically Kuziemski is higher. This is a very good boxer who has simply not yet had international influence. This is exactly what a victory would give him in a fight against me, but I do not intend for that to happen.”
It will be the first visit to North America for Kuziemski who has twice fought for WBO titles. The 35 year-old Polish fighter is 3-4 in his last seven,losing twice by knockout.
Pascal who shared the 2004 Olympic stage with Kuziemiski is looking forward to getting some rounds in and giving a good show before exiting early. “If I can finish in less than six rounds, I’ll be really happy,” wrote Pascal.