Montreal’s Bell Centre once again hosts another big prize fight as two Canadians Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute lace them up for tomorrow’s main event tilt for the WBC Diamond and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) light-heavyweight title Saturday night.
Lucian Bute is the more reserved of the two, but nevertheless after the press conference confidently stated he will win.
That leaves Pascal to be the more flamboyant one by process of elimination. And when Roy Jones Jr. is in your camp, it is much easier to digest. Still, Pascal is misunderstood says Roy. Pascal simply has an easier time talking about his prowess.
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Certified professional boxing instructor Noel Clubb divides his time between MMA World Academy/Clubb Canada (Amateur & Professional Boxing) located in Scarborough, Ontario, where he is currently building a competitive boxing team, instructing technical boxing classes and providing personal training. Noel also instructs at Pound 4 Pound MMA, at both locations in Markham and Pickering, Ontario.
TALE OF THE TAPE
RECORD: 27-2-1, 16 KOs
WEIGHT: 175 lbs.
COUNTRY: Haiti – Canada
LUCIAN “MISTER KO” BUTE
RECORD: 31-1, 24 KOs
WEIGHT: 175 lbs.
COUNTRY: Romania – Canada
Clubb: Canadian light-heavyweight Jean Pascal (27-2-1 (16 KO) will be facing off against Romanian Lucian “Mister KO”Bute (31-1 24 KO) on Saturday night at the Bell Centre for the vacant WBC Diamond light-heavyweight and NABF title. Even thought this fight is a little past due in terms of a big matchup, it should make for an entertaining bout between these two former champions. Styles makes fights and here we have two different styles going head-to-head.
Our Canadian light-heavyweight, 31-year-old, Jean Pascal, who in recent years has had a difficult period of injuries, bad luck and defeating weak opposition. It was just a few years ago in 2010 when Pascal was defeated by Bernard Hopkins. So the road to this matchup for Jean Pascal has been a tough and hard road.
Clubb: Bute, with an impressive KO record, demonstrated good patience in recent bouts and not to mention good punching precision and like Pascal possesses good handspeed.
Bute commonly drops his lead hand which is an old boxing strategy an old boxing trick, which draws the opponent to fire off a cross to the “appearance of the opening”, then the opponent with the lead hand down would either, lean back or do a lateral slip or spin away and counter to their undefended opening all off an appearance of an opening, an illusion of an opening then capitalize with a hard cross, hook combination.
The problem here for Bute, is that his defence is not great, and his footwork is questionable. It is questionable because his stance can become rather wide, which limits his mobility and impacts his quality punch output. He would not be able to land the hard shot to its best or maximum capacity with such a wide stance against a moving target. Watch for it Saturday night.
Jean Pascal advantages are his hand speed, movement, and ring generalship. Pascal despite the lack of KO’s on his record, does have a good powerful right hand and a good chin, so he can take some shots from Lucian – the question is how much can Pascal take? Bute’s power is the real concern for Pascal’s corner. Pascal’s stamina in previous bouts has also been a concern, which he will need to keep busy.
Pascal will need to come out with feints and quick combinations to keep Bute off balance and not allow him to set-up those power shots.
Losing this bout for either camp is not an option as it will simply reduce their marketability for future big matches. As aging fighters, changing your style, making new adjustments will be a difficult thing to pull off. If Pascal makes it past the early rounds, he would have a chance at a critical victory. I am hoping for Pascal to win, however, Bute’s KO record suggests this could end early to mid-rounds.
I predict a Lucian Bute victory by way of judges score cards.
Clubb Prediction: Lucian Bute via unanimous decision.
HONORARY MMA CROSSFIRE EXPERT “GOLDEN BOY” DONNY LALONDE
Canadian “Golden Boy” Donny LaLonde (44-5-1, 36 KOs) is a former WBC light-heavyweight champion. You can see what he is up to these days by visiting his website www.beachwalkr.com.
LaLonde: I know Bute was inactive for 2013 and is 34-years-old, but I am going with him. Pascal may be faster and technically more skilled, but Bute is experienced and versatile enough to go get it. I am usually wrong when picking, but I go with Bute because I think he outguts and outworks Pascal.
LaLonde Prediction: Lucian Bute via split-decision.