InterBox and Group Yvon Michel (GYM) are extremely proud to confirm that the highly anticipated duel between Lucian Bute (31-1-0 24 KO) and Jean Pascal (27-2-1 16 KO) is now signed, sealed and delivered! This huge clash will take place on Saturday, May 25th with details such as the venue and American TV yet to be finalized.
“This fight will mark an historic moment for boxing in Canada. Emotions will be high and the memories will be engraved in the collective memory forever,” declares the president of GYM, Yvon Michel.
“This is the fight that everyone has been waiting for, even the casual fan. It was an honor to help finalize it”, states the president of InterBox, Jean Bedard. “All parties were anxious to reach an agreement and now boxing fans across the World can expect a spectacular show on May 25th,” concludes Jean Bedard.
All others details will be communicated to the public shortly including the first “face to face” between Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal as well as information regarding ticket sales.
Bute vs. Pascal is a huge bout whether it’s in Montreal or Quebec City, and it will end up somewhere on TV for fans stateside. With the Mikkel Kessler vs. Carl Froch rematch taking place on the same day, it had been rumored that this fight would end up on the televised card. However, that still looks to be unofficial or undetermined at this point in time.
It’s also been made public that Bute and Pascal will undergo pre-fight drug testing, although it’s unclear if it will be performed by USADA or VADA.
We had previously speculated that Bute would perhaps face Adonis Stevenson, another Canadian fighter, however, this is a much bigger fight for him, and a better opportunity. It also puts Pascal’s rematch with Chad Dawson on the backburner.