Pascal Defeats Bute in Canadian “Superbowl”
MONTREAL, QUEBEC –
After waiting for something in the neighborhood of five years to meet in the ring, Jean Pascal brutalized Lucian Bute for 11 rounds, nearly gave the way the fight in the fight twelfth, to win the battle of Canada by unanimous decision at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Armed with Roy Jones Jr. in his corner, Pascal thumped Bute for eleven rounds landing 57% of his power punches. Never in the fight, until the end, Bute appeared apprehensive and refused to let his hands go.
The judges final scores were 117-110, 117-111 and 116-112 all for Pascal.
“I’ve been working very hard for this,” he said. “I’ve been working for five years to prove I was the best in this town.”
Pascal also showed his appreciation for light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson. It’s been speculated that the winner of this bout would face Stevenson in the near future.
A decidedly different tone from Bute:
“I prepared and trained well, but things didn’t go as planned,” Bute said. “My arms just weren’t moving.
In an uninspiring leadoff to the broadcast, heavyweight Mike ‘The Rebel’ Perez and Carlos Takem fought to a draw. Spending most of the bout in an out of clenches, Takem looked sharper and crisper than Perez but received a draw for his efforts. Perez, who suffered a cut as the result of an accidental head butt in the third round, maintains the title belt.