Jean Pascal vs. Lucian Bute

Date January 18, 2014
Location Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Title(s) on the line NABF and vacant WBC Diamond Light Heavyweight titles
Tale of the tape
Canada Jean Pascal Romania Lucian Bute
Nickname Le Tombeur
Mister KO
Hometown Port-au-Prince, Ouest, Haïti Pechea, Galați County, Romania
Pre-fight record 28-2-1 (17 KO) 31-1 (24 KO)
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
Weight 175 lbs 175 lbs
Style Orthodox Southpaw
Recognition Former WBC/The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion Former IBF Super Middleweight Champion
Pascal beats Bute by unanimous decision.[1]

Jean Pascal vs. Lucian Bute was a boxing light heavyweight Diamond championship fight for the vacant WBC Diamond title which took place on January 18, 2014 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[2][3][4][5][6] The bout, originally slated for May 25, 2013, had to be postponed after Bute underwent surgery to remove bone chips in his left hand.[7]

The co-production of Yvon Michel's GYM and Jean Bédard's Interbox promotions and televised via HBO, has trumped a proposed HBO-televised rematch between Jean Pascal and RING and WBC 175-pound champion Chad Dawson that was slated for the same date at Bell Centre in Montreal. Lucian Bute had the right to face Carl Froch in a contractually obligated rematch for the IBF Super Middleweight belt, but passed on that, freeing the Englishman to face Mikkel Kessler.[8]

It was the biggest fight in Canadian history since 1980, when Roberto Durán won a 15-round decision to win the welterweight world title in his first fight against Sugar Ray Leonard at Montreal's Olympic Stadium in front of 46,000 spectators.[9] Bute, who is fighting out of Montreal, versus Pascal was pitting the two biggest draws and most popular fighters in Canadian boxing who are considered huge stars in Quebec.[9] Pascal ended up winning the fight by unanimous decision.[1]



Pascal came off a unanimous-decision triumph over Aleksy Kuziemski in December 2012 that helped him to rebound from the unanimous-decision loss to Bernard Hopkins in May 2011.[8]


Bute came off a unanimous-decision victory over previously unbeaten Denis Grachev in November 2012, which helped him to rebound from last May's fifth-round knockout loss to Froch that dethroned him as titleholder.[8]

Reported fight earnings

Fight Card

Fight card
Weight Class Result Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Canada Jean Pascal vs. Romania Lucian Bute WBC Diamond Light Heavyweight Championship belt
Heavyweight Cuba Mike Perez vs. Cameroon Carlos Takam
Light Heavyweight Colombia Eleider Álvarez vs. Canada Andrew Gardiner
Bantamweight Canada Sebastien Gauthier vs. Mexico Javier Franco
Welterweight Canada Mikaël Zewski vs. Poland Krzysztof Szot
Light Middleweight Canada Sebastien Bouchard vs. Italy Giuseppe Lauri
Light Welterweight Canada Yves Ulysse Jr. vs. Belgium Evaggelos Tsirimokos
Heavyweight Colombia Oscar Rivas vs. Barbados Shawn Cox
Light Heavyweight Russia Artur Beterbiev vs. France Gabriel Lecrosnier

International Broadcasting

Country / Region Broadcaster
Australia Australia Main Event
Brazil Brazil SporTV
Canada Canada Indigo
Croatia Croatia Fight Channel
France France Canal+ Sport
Hungary Hungary Sport 1
Poland Poland Polsat Sport
Romania Romania Digi Sport
United States United States HBO
United Kingdom United Kingdom Sky Sports


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