Jean Pascal wins title but fight was no classic

Lucien Bute takes a shot from Jean Pascal during their fight on January 18, 2014 in Montreal....

Lucien Bute takes a shot from Jean Pascal during their fight on January 18, 2014 in Montreal. Pascal won the fight by decision. (QMI Agency)

DAVE KAUFMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:17 PM ET

MONTREAL - Before they even stepped into the ring, Pascal vs. Bute was hyped as the Super Bowl of Canadian boxing.

Unfortunately, as football fans are well aware, not every Super Bowl is a classic.

Jean Pascal defeated Lucian Bute by unanimous decision Saturday night at Montreal`s Bell Centre, putting to rest the question of which of the two adopted Montrealers is the best fighter.

Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO) may have been the favourite, but each time Bute`s (31-2-0, 24 KO) face was shown on the big screen prior to the fight, the crowd would erupt with a roar normally only heard during a Georges St. Pierre UFC fight, or if the Canadiens should ever win another Cup.

From very early on in, it was obvious Pascal was the better fighter. QMI Agency scored nine of the first 10 rounds for the Haiti-born Pascal, leaving Bute bloodied, beaten, and looking exhausted. Pascal, on the other hand, looked like he was ready to head out for a night on the town.


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