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.
Pascal was originally to fight Chad Dawson, and Boxrec still has that bout listed on its site at press time, but according to the article, “Pascal devait initialement se battre contre Chad Dawson, mais les plans ont finalement changé.” (“Pascal was originally scheduled to fight against Chad Dawson, but the plans were eventually changed.”—via Google Translate).
Lucian Bute will be fighting almost exactly a year to the day after Carl Froch handed him his lone pro loss, a fifth-round TKO that was from the second round onward an absolute beatdown. That fight, in Nottingham on May 26 last year, brought up a lot of questions about Bute as a paper champion who had been using his promoter’s cuddly relationship with the IBF to advance his career without ever fighting the best.
Details are still to be worked out on such things as at what weight class the bout will take place (Bute is a super middleweight and Pascal has been campaigning at light heavyweight, holding a world title at 175 pound until Chad Dawson lifted it off of him), what the split of the purse will be, and whether HBO, Showtime, or another cable outlet will televise the bout in the United States.
In addition, the WBC (which has Pascal No. 4 at light heavy and Bute No. 5 at super middleweight) and IBF (which has Bute ranked No. 4 at 168 pounds) have issued no statements as to whether and how this will affect their rankings and the status of each fighter in the event that the bout is contracted at a catchweight.
Stay tuned to MyBoxing for additional developments as fight night nears.
Fox Doucette is Deputy Editor at MyBoxing.