Bute vs Pascal: Jean Pascal calls fifth round knockout win

Richard Wolowicz

Jean Pascal is confident ahead of his May 25 bout with Lucian Bute, and says that he'll end the night in five rounds.

Jean Pascal's big fight with Lucian Bute is just about a month away, when the two stars will meet at the Bell Centre in Montreal, broadcast live on HBO. It's expected to be a sellout, a great atmosphere, and a good fight, action-wise.

Pascal, the former light heavyweight champion, says he's feeling good, and very confident:

"I feel really good. I feel like I never stopped. My shoulders feel really good and honestly I am going for the knockout in this fight. ... If you want to bet, bet on the 5th round. I get 10% okay?"

Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KO) has fought just once since a May 2011 loss to Bernard Hopkins, hurting his shoulder in a decision win over Aleksy Kuziemski late last year. Bute (31-1, 24 KO) had a rough 2012, getting blown away by Carl Froch, followed with a hard-fought win over Denis Grachev.

This does feel like a fight where we could see high action and a stoppage, either way. Bute's inability to deal with pressure was huge against Froch, but if he's dialed in and has some confidence back, he's still got big power, especially to the body with his trademark left uppercut to the breadbasket.

One way or another, we should see action. Pascal makes mistakes in the ring all the time, but generally covers it with athleticism and toughness. It's worth noting that when he faced Froch back in 2008, the two had a war in Nottingham.

Pascal also says that he's not currently interested in a rematch with Chad Dawson, saying that "Chad needs (him)," and not the other way around. That may be more or less true, despite Dawson still holding the WBC light heavyweight title.

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