Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 2/23/15
Applying his busy, swarming style to its best effect, Jean Pascal won a commanding points victory over crosstown rival Lucian Bute this weekend. But in my mind it wasn't Pascal's punches in bunches energy that stood out, but Bute's relative passivity. He was effectively shut down for most of the fight, rarely letting his hands go with any degree of what had previously been La Tombeur's customary aggression. Following his hesitant performance against Denis Grachev, Bute looks done as a world class fighter. Bute's Shell Is Cracked The first hint of Bute's present difficulties was in his 2008 clash with Librado Andrade. Using his hand speed, power, and southpaw skills, Bute hammered Andrade for 11 Rounds in an effective display of controlled aggression, but then went for the knockout in the 12th by mixing it up with the tough Mexican. Andrade had plenty left in him, and came very close to stopping Bute when given the opportunity. This near-upset pointed straight to Bute's average chin ...
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