Two of Canada's most accomplished and popular boxers meet on Saturday night when Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KOs) takes on Lucian Bute (34-1, 24 KOs) for the NABA light heavyweight title (HBO, 10:15 p.m. ET). Given their following, skill level, and that it takes place in Quebec, where both fighters call home, the atmosphere is destined to be electric.
"I'm like a kid in the candy shop," the 31-year-old Pascal said. "I'm excited and proud to be part of the biggest fight in Canadian boxing history, Canada's Mayweather-Pacquiao, the Super Bowl of boxing. Some people like to read history, some people like to write history. Me, I'm the second kind."
Bute was 30-0 before meeting defeat at the hands of Carl Froch last May. That was at super middleweight. In his last fight, he moved up to 175 pounds, defeating then-undefeated Denis Grachev to earn the NABF title. Pascal believes the added weight has helped his countryman.
"It's a really big advantage for him. He's faster and has more energy ...