Jean Pascal 175 pounds, Lucian Bute 173.6
Former light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal weighed in at the bout limit of 175 pounds on Friday compared to 173.6 for former IBF super middleweight titleholder Lucian Bute in advance of Saturday's clash at Bell Centre in Montreal on HBO.
Pascal (28-2-1, 17 knockouts) is coming off of consecutive wins; Bute (31-1, 24 KOs) has had one win since the lone loss of his career.
Pascal has scored a unanimous decision over Aleksy Kuziemski and a fifth-round knockout of George Blades since losing his WBC title via unanimous decision to Bernard Hopkins in May of 2011.
Bute is coming off a unanimous-decision victory over previously unbeaten light heavyweight Denis Grachev in November which followed a fifth-round knockout loss to Carl Froch that cost him his IBF's 168-pound belt in May of 2012. A subsequent injury to Bute’s left hand forced the postponement of the Pascal bout.
For the heavyweight co-feature, Mike Perez (20-0, 12 KOs) and Carlos Takam (28-1, 22 KOs) were at 231.2 and 256.2, respectively.
Coming off November's 10-round unanimous decision that left Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov in a medically induced coma, Perez will be donating a portion of his purse to Abdusalamov’s family and will honor him in the ring by having “Mago’s” name stitched on his trunks.
Fans can also make donations to Abdusalamov and his family through www.Ring10Ny.com. Abdusalamov began rehabilitation last month at the Helen Hayes Hospital, in West Haverstraw, N.Y.
A native of Cameroon who is fighting out of Noisy-le-Grand, France, Takam has won 10 straight fights, eight of them by knockout since falling by unanimous decision to Gregory Tony in June of 2009. Perez stopped Tony in the first round in May of 2011.