Monday, January 20, 2014

Jean Pascal dominant in unanimous decision win over Bute

Jean Pascal dominated an unusually tentative Lucian Bute to win the battle of former world champions by unanimous decision in a non-title bout before 20,479 at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.

The decidedly pro-Bute crowd could do little to help their fighter, who appeared more concerned with not getting hit than with launching attacks.

One judge had it 117-110, another 117-111 and the third 116-112. The Canadian Press gave Pascal every round except the 12th, when he stood in a corner and absorbed punches knowing he had the bout won.

Pascal took Bute's minor NABF title and something called the WBC diamond belt, but more importantly, he bested his fellow Montreal fighter in their long-awaited showdown and made himself a player again in the light heavyweight division.

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