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Jean Pascal: Bute fight is biggest in Canadian boxing history

Jean Pascal is confident he'll defeat Lucian Bute in Montreal on May 25, in what he believes is the biggest fight in the country's boxing history.

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Former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal may be best-known as "the guy Bernard Hopkins beat at age 46," but on May 25, he's taking part in what may wind up being, as he says, the biggest fight in Canadian boxing history, when he faces Lucian Bute at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

"I am going to show the fans that I'm the man in my town. ... For us (Canadians) it's like Mayweather-Pacquiao. It's like the Super Bowl. The fight is crazy. It's going to be the biggest fight in Canadian boxing history and I'm going to win big as well."

Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KO) has fought just once since losing to Hopkins in May 2011, in a win over Aleksy Kuziesmki last December, a fight where Pascal injured his shoulder and fought much of the bout with one hand. Bute (31-1, 24 KO) is a former super middleweight titlist who had a rough 2012 of his own, getting shellacked by Carl Froch in Nottingham, followed by a somewhat pedestrian win over Denis Grachev in November.

This fight was made possible by Bute choosing not to exercise a rematch option with Froch, a fight that also would have taken place in Montreal. It appears as though the Romanian-Canadian is now fully focused on the light heavyweight division.