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Time is right for Bute-Pascal

By Dave Spencer

After years of jabs and verbal sparring, it looks like the largest fight in Canadian history between domestic rivals Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal is now imminent, if not immediate. With both fighters approaching the back nine of illustrious careers, it has been decided that now is the time that both freight trains will finally collide inside the ring. Both are former world champions one fight removed from losing their titles and both had mediocre results in what were supposed to be comeback or tune-up fights.

“This fight is bigger than any belt,” Bute’s trainer Stephan Larouche told FightNews about the matchup. “To tell you how big the fight is, we had ESPN here for Stephane Ouellet and Davey Hilton (referring to the 1998 tilt that sold out the Bell Centre), now we’re moving to HBO so it gives you the kind of credibility that’s behind that fight.”

Pascal’s promoter Yvon Michel said the deal for the bout is already in place and we’ll know in the next few days as to whether it will be May 25th or in the fall. Click here for more




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