Wednesday, May 8, 2013
With Bute injured, May 25 card off
By Dan Rafael
When former super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute injured his left hand while training for his May 25 Canadian superfight with former light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal and had to pull out Tuesday, promoters Yvon Michel and Jean Bedard of InterBox did not immediately announce that the entire card at the Bell Centre in Montreal was off.
First, they toyed with the idea of finding a replacement to fight Pascal. Light heavyweight titleholder Beibut Shumenov came up, although HBO, which was paying a lot of the card’s freight by buying the U.S. television rights, was not really into that. HBO preferred to either reschedule Pascal-Bute or save the money for a better fight.
The promoters also thought about going ahead with the undercard bouts -- I’d imagine at a reduced ticket price -- because InterBox holds the Canadian rights to the Carl Froch-Mikkel Kessler super middleweight title fight rematch on the same day in London and was planning to show the fight along with its live bouts and have it be part of the Canadian pay-per-view for Pascal-Bute.
Alas, they came to the realization that going ahead with the card minus Pascal-Bute was not going to work, and on Wednesday, they called it off.
“After internal discussions, InterBox and Group Yvon Michel have jointly decided against promoting a boxing event on Saturday, May 25th at the Montreal Bell Centre,” the promoters announced in a joint statement. “Preferring to wait until Lucian Bute recovers from surgery to his hand, HBO has confirmed interest in broadcasting the Bute vs. Pascal bout when the new date is known.”
The promoters said they will focus their attention on the June 8 HBO card at the Bell Centre, which pits light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson against Quebec’s Adonis Stevenson. They announced that “certain undercard bouts signed for May 25th will be presented on the June 8th card.”
Among the bouts in limbo are light heavyweight Eleider Alvarez versus Allan Green; welterweight Kevin Bizier against Aldo Nazareno Rios; junior featherweight Sebastien Gauthier against Manuel Roman; and welterweight Mikael Zewski versus Derrick Samuels.
InterBox said it would soon announce its plans for the Canadian broadcast of Kessler-Froch II. Those who purchased tickets for Pascal-Bute can use them for the fight when it is rescheduled.