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Pascal-Bute Not Necessarily Facing Stevenson Next

By Luke Furman

Canadian stars Lucian Bute (31-1, 24KOs) and Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17KOs) are getting ready for their super-fight on January 18th at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The World Boxing Council has approved the fight as a final eliminator for WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20KOs), who is also from Canada.

Yvon Michel, who promotes Pascal and Stevenson, says the mandatory will not be due for at least a year because Stevenson recently made a mandatory defense against Tony Bellew of the UK.

"[The final eliminator] is more of a way for us to control the future of our boxers. Because Stevenson made a defense of his title against WBC mandatory opponent Tony Bellew, he will not have to make another mandatory defense for at least one year," Michel said.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MDPopescu on 12-17-2013

Back to the topic... If Pascal wins he would not fight his stronger stable mate... If Bute wins he would not fight a one punch KO fighter. Bute would rather go south, to meet Ward...

Comment by MDPopescu on 12-17-2013

[QUOTE=kej718;14043155]Schaefer working on Hopkins vs. Shumenov wants to do a mini tournament Hopkins faces Shumenov while WBC champ Adonis Stevenson fights WBO belt holder Sergey Kovalev. The winner of those two sets of fights would then square off in a…

Comment by ddangerous on 12-17-2013

[QUOTE=ElPerroBigoton;14042785]YES! Immediately! None of this letting the fight marinate $ht.[/QUOTE] Exactly. They need to make it happen NOW. [QUOTE=kej718;14043155]Schaefer working on Hopkins vs. Shumenov wants to do a mini tournament Hopkins faces Shumenov while WBC champ Adonis Stevenson fights WBO…

Comment by Jloro on 12-16-2013

[QUOTE=kej718;14043155]Schaefer working on Hopkins vs. Shumenov wants to do a mini tournament Hopkins faces Shumenov while WBC champ Adonis Stevenson fights WBO belt holder Sergey Kovalev. The winner of those two sets of fights would then square off in a…

Comment by artfuL_ on 12-16-2013

Stevenson better not be using this opportunity to further delay a KOvalev clash.

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