- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal hasn't fought since easily outpointing Aleksy Kuziemski in a 10-round fight on Dec. 14 and is looking at a long layoff until his next fight.
By the time Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KOs) gets into the ring to face former super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KOs) in January -- exact date to be determined -- in their all-Montreal showdown, it will have been 13 months since his previous fight.
Pascal-Bute was supposed to take place on May 25, but Bute suffered a significant hand injury that required surgery and the fight was postponed.
Initially, the plan was to wait it out, let Bute heal and then go forward with the lucrative fight. But now Pascal, who is healthy despite having dealt with chronic shoulder issues that forced him into lengthy layoffs, is concerned about getting rusty and is having second thoughts about this layoff.
So there is a chance that Pascal could take a stay-busy fight -- and hope his shoulder holds up -- on Sept. 28 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, according to promoter Yvon Michel.
"We are still evaluating the possibility," Michel told ESPN.com.
If Pascal fights, he would appear on the undercard of the big fight that night when light heavyweight champ Adonis Stevenson, who, like Pascal, is based in Quebec, makes his first title defense against former titleholder Tavoris Cloud.