Jean Pascal (28(17)-2(0)-1) - Height 5'10.5'' - Reach 72'' - 31 years old
Lucian Bute (31(24)-1(1)-0) - Height 6'1.5'' - Reach 72'' - 33 years old
Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal will face-off in the first big fight of the year on January 18, in a Canadian domestic battle that both light heavyweights hope will re-establish their world title credentials.
Bute was super middleweight world champion for five years before being demolished in five rounds by Brit Carl Froch in 2012. Since then the Romanian-born Canadian moved up to light heavyweight and has fought once, beating the previously unbeaten Denis Grachev.
Pascal's first lose came in his first world title tilt, by unanimous decision against Froch in 2008. Pascal had one more fight at super middleweight before moving up a division and fighting eight more times up to this point.
Pascal won a world title, defended it four times, before losing it in a rematch to Bernard Hopkins in 2011. Pascal has won his two fights since that night.
Lucian Bute has the superior ko%, 75% compared to the 55% of Pascal, but he has failed to record a ko in his last three contests. Pascal has rarely shown destructive power, although he did win his last bout inside the distance, but he is has never looked like being stopped either.