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Montreal superfight between Pascal, Bute rescheduled for Dec. 7

The all-Canadian showdown in the ring between Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal has been rescheduled for Dec. 7.

Bout postponed from May due to Bute hand injury

Lucian Bute, left, and Jean Pascal are both former world champions looking to earn more big paydays with a win at Bell Centre on Dec. 7. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

The all-Canadian showdown in the ring between Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal has been rescheduled for Dec. 7.

A spokesman for Bute's promoter InterBox confirmed that the Bell Centre has been reserved for bout between the two former world champions from Montreal.

Bute (31-1, 24 knockouts) and Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KOs) were scheduled to fight on May 25, but the bout was postponed when the southpaw Bute suffered an injury that required surgery to remove bone fragments from his left hand.

He is to have a cast put on the hand Thursday in Florida and will be unable to spar for at least four months.

"We don't think we'll have to postpone the fight again," spokesman David Messier said. "We're convinced Lucian will be ready.

"He always keeps himself in good shape and it's only the boxing side that he won't be able to work on until September, which gives him plenty of time to be ready for a fight in December."