Before the Montreal Canadians vs Buffalo Sabres hockey game on Tuesday night, the Canadian fans got a treat as the historic Bell Centre announced that they will be hosting the much anticipated bout between Canadian fighters Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. Both Bute and Pascal were called to the center of the rink for a stare down to help promote what many expect to be a historic event for Canada. The fight is being regarded as the greatest fight in Canadian history in terms of national pride and popularity, as well as world wide interest.
Both Bute and Pascal have lived in the Montreal suburb of Lavel, Quebec for the past couple of years. They are both world class boxers that have built huge fan bases in Canada as well as the rest of the world. What makes this fight even more interesting is that they both call the Bell Centre their home and both have had numerous fights in the arena. It's literally going to be a backyard brawl.
After suffering a brutal KO loss to the hand of the highly regarded Carl Froch, Bute (31-1, 24 KO's) moved up to light heavyweight for the first time in his career and defeated previously unbeaten Denis Grachev. Bute will be looking to rebound on the big stage against Pascal. Bute is currently ranked 2 by the WBC, and 3 by Ring Magazine in the super middleweight division.
Pascal's (27-2-1, 16 KO's) most defining win came by defeating Chad Dawson back in 2011. He then went on two fight the legendary Bernard Hopkins twice, the first ending in a draw and the second ending in a loss by decision. Pascal's last fight was at the Bell Centre where he defeated Alex Kuziemski.
The first press conference will be held on March 26th at 12:30pm at the Bell Centre.