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Lucian Bute's hand injury postpones Montreal superfight with Jean Pascal

No makeup date announced

Posted: May 7, 2013 2:26 PM ET

Last Updated: May 7, 2013 2:36 PM ET

The biggest fight to ever take place between Canadian boxers will have to wait.

It was announced on Tuesday that Lucian Bute will need surgery on his hand, forcing a postponement of a scheduled May 25 light heavyweight bout at Bell Centre against Laval native Jean Pascal.

A spokesman for Bute's promoter InterBox said Tuesday the southpaw will need surgery this week to remove bone fragments from his left hand. The injury occurred during training in Florida.

A makeup date has yet to be determined, he said.

A full house was expected at the 21,273-seat Bell Centre to see a showdown between Bute (31-1-0) and Pascal (27-2-1), two local fighters who are former world champions.

The Bute-Pascal bout was getting considerable buzz south of the border, with HBO planning to broadcast it as part of a doubleheader with a fight taking place between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler.

Bute, 33, made nine successful defences of the 168-pound International Boxing Federation title, but lost his unbeaten mark in one-sided fashion in 2012 in England against Froch. Bute got back in the win column with a tough decision win over Denis Grachev in November.

The postponement represents more delay for Pascal, who has fought just once since losing his World Boxing Council light heavyweight belt to Bernard Hopkins in May 2011. Upon hearing of the Bute injury, Pascal tweeted to Hopkins about the prospect of a third fight between the two fighters, although that seems unlikely.

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