Betting Odds & Lines – Pascal vs. Bute:
One of the winter’s most anticipated fights will be the highly intriguing Jean Pascal vs. Lucian Bute match-up. Each man has seen his career stall out, but a big win against the other propels the victor right to the top of the division, where an array of big fights could get made. Here’s an early look at the Bute vs. Pascal betting odds so you can see for yourself how the fighters stack up and what kinds of opportunities are out there right now.
Pascal vs. Bute Betting Odds
- Jean Pascal: -140
- Lucian Bute: +110
Over/Under 11.5 Rounds
- Over: Even
- Under: -140
Pascal vs. Bute is a hard fight to analyze, in part because each of these talented fighters has spent so much time on the shelf as of late. Since losing to Bernard Hopkins in 2011, Pascal has hardly seen any action, while Bute has fought just once since his crushing defeat at the hands of Carl Froch.
Pascal has an advantage as the stronger man, and he’s also the more explosive and athletic fighter. His stamina is always a question, but that’s not necessarily where Bute excels either.
To win the fight, Bute is going to have to get Pascal’s respect with some power, stay busy and use some skill to keep himself in the right range, while slowing Pascal down with body work. All doable tasks, unless Pascal overwhelms him with his speed.
Since neither man has much in terms of momentum heading into the fight, and the odds are pretty even as of now, it’s basically just a pick ’em style affair, going with your gut on who you think is the better fighter and who matches up with the other one better. With ever so slightly favorable odds, taking Bute may be a smart choice. But if you think he’s been exposed and simply will never return to his old form, then ride with Pascal.
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