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Earlier this week, your columnist reported that Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute were set to fight on May 25 in Montreal. In that article, I also suggested that I didn’t think that Bute was going to emerge victorious. The evidence suggests that the bigger man who has been in with and beaten the better competition [...]
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French-language site tvasports.ca is reporting that Jean Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KOs) is set to fight Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal on May 25. Promoters Yvon Michel of GYM Promotions (who promotes Pascal) and Jean Bedard of Interbox (who promotes Bute) have reportedly agreed to terms for the Montreal superfight. [...]
An agreement has been made for a fight between Canadian superstars Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal, although the details of the fight are still to be determined. Bute vs. Pascal is a high profile match which would be a blockbuster in Canada, and one of the best regional rivalry match-ups to make in the sport (although, interestingly, not the cross-Canada showdown we had anticipated)...
Regional Rivalry Fights I Want to See in 2013
Whether it be cross-town or cross-country, regional rivalries are one of the things that help spice up the sport of boxing. Because the stakes are personal, and there might very well be only one showdown in such a rivalry, two boxers from the same city or country squaring off for bragging rights cannot help but raise the drama.