Pascal eases past shot-shy Bute

Phil Jay 19/01/2014

Pre-fight predictions the Lucian Bute will struggle to get himself up for a big fight following his loss to Carl Froch came true on Saturday night as Jean Pascal scored a unanimous win at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Bute, 33, fighting for only the second time since being dismantled by Froch in the UK, just didn’t seem up for the task at hand against Pascal and looked beaten from the first couple of rounds.

Former light-heavyweight world champion Pascal toyed with Bute at times, even playing possum in the later rounds, as a wide points victory was seemingly in the bag into the second half of the encounter.

In a strange final three minutes though, Pascal stayed in the corner and let Bute unload until finally waking up and throwing some punches back, but not quick enough to save the round.

I could only make a case to give Bute one other round in total, even though the three judges at ringside saw it a little closer by handing in cards of 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112.

Calls for a rematch by Bute in his post-fight interview will possibly go unheard by Pascal, who gave a special mention to WBC title holder Adonis Stevenson – who was watching the fight at ringside.

A match-up between Pascal and Stevenson would be another massive clash for Canada and may be one for later in the year as ‘Superman’ is linked to defending his belt against Andrzej Fonfara in the spring.

What lies next for Bute is anyone’s guess after another dismal performance by the ex-168lb ruler.

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