Pascal, Bute make weight ahead of world title fight

Jean Pascal (left) and Lucian Bute at the official weigh-in prior to Saturday's fight at the Bell...

Jean Pascal (left) and Lucian Bute at the official weigh-in prior to Saturday's fight at the Bell Centre. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

DAVE KAUFMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:58 PM ET

Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute both made weight Friday in front of a raucous crowd at Montreal's Sheraton Centre, setting up the final showdown in what is being billed as the "biggest fight in Canadian history."

But Pascal required a bit of a dramatic moment in order to get in under the 175-pound limit.

While Bute (31-1, 24 knockouts) weighed in easily at 173.6 lbs, Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KOs) came in at 175 on the dot, and only once he removed the toque and do-rag from his head.

Fans of Bute cheered his name and booed Pascal throughout the course of the weigh-in.

After the weigh-in was finished, Bute, the former NABF light heavyweight champ, told the media that he is predicting a "destruction tomorrow night."

"I feel good," Bute said. "Up to now, this is the most important fight of my career."

Pascal didn't talk to the press, or to anyone. He placed a piece of black tape over his mouth, and raised his index finger over his lips to emphasize his silence.

Saturday's fight is for the light heavyweight WBC Diamond title.

The championship bout was originally supposed to take place last May, but had to be postponed when Bute had surgery to remove bone chips from his left hand.

Over 20,000 fans are expected to pack Montreal's Bell Centre for the fight.


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