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 Last update:  1/19/2014       Read more by Luke Furman         
Pascal Feels Bute Was Not 100% Mentally Ready
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By Luke Furman

Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17KOs) feels Lucian Bute (31-2, 24KOs) has not fully regained his confidence after the five round beating at the hands of Carl Froch in May of 2012. Bute returned once that November, winning a twelve round decision over Denis Grachev. There were shakey moments in the Grachev fight and then Bute was inactive for over a year until he met Pascal on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Bute was very cautious and barely threw punches for eleven rounds. In the twelfth, sensing that Pascal's stamina was fading, Bute threw nearly 100 punches. Not nearly enough, as Pascal won the fight with scores of 116-112, 118-110, 117-111.

"His confidence was not there 100%. The psychological [aspect] is a lot [to take in] before a fight, so I've seen a lot of weaknesses in Lucian Bute. After the weigh-in, I saw that he was still trying to convince himself, [that he could win], and it 24 hours before the fight," Pascal said.

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Tags: Jean Pascal , Lucian Bute , Bute-Pascal , Bute vs. Pascal


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comment by jondacon, on 01-20-2014
Pascal took this fight knowing Bute was mentally shot. It was very clear he doesnt react well to getting hit... Unfortunately he's been protected to the point that its to late to learn how to take a punch... and at this level, everyone has pop.

comment by IronDanHamza, on 01-20-2014
You aren't either and never will be.

comment by joe strong, on 01-20-2014
down playing his win? making excuses for bute? doesn't sound like a jean pascal move... I guess it doesn't matter as both got a 2 million purse...

comment by Nomadic, on 01-20-2014
Pascal fought a good fight until that 12th, I don' t if he was playing opossum or what.

comment by Cinci Champ, on 01-20-2014
ya but lets not under state how well pascal looked compared to his recent fights

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