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December 1, 2021
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Boxing: Lucian Bute regains confidence ahead of Pascal clash on Saturday

Romanian Lucian Bute will square off on Saturday against fellow Quebecois Jean Pascal in the biggest event in the country’s fistic history.
In a lot of ways, this is the only fight that’s ever mattered for Bute. He and Pascal rose to prominence at roughly the same time in the same province under rival promoters, Interbox and Groupe Yvon Michel, respectively. A matchup between the two was first suggested in 2008, but Michel and Interbox head Jean Bedard weren’t prepared to work together at the time. Not to mention, Pascal was coming off a loss to Froch, Bute a near-loss to Librado Andrade, and neither were the box-office juggernauts they are currently.
In the same way that Montreal fans will show up at the Bell Centre to support their hockey team regardless of their record, if Bute and Pascal are in the building, 21,000 of them will be in the seats. “Saturday is going to be a spectacle. It’s for my legacy. It’s a fight we both need to have. Whoever loses is going to have a very hard time getting back to the top,” said Bute.
The Romanian-born lefty was once known, and introduced by ring announcers at the Montreal Casino as “Mr. Knockout.”
Having not scored a knockout since 2011, and with his life in a different place as a husband and now a full Canadian citizen, “Le Tombeur” decided to settle down in La Belle Province instead of his recent sunny camp setting of Miami.

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