Five keys for Jean Pascal

Since losing the light heavyweight title to Bernard Hopkins in 2011, Jean Pascal has suffered several injuries and defeated only low-profile rivals. On Saturday, he will get the chance to achieve a credible victory against former super middleweight titlist and fellow Montreal resident Lucian Bute in a 12-round battle at Bell Centre, their hometown arena.

Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KOs) has fought only twice since the loss to Hopkins -- a unanimous decision win over Aleksy Kuziemski in 2012 and a TKO victory against George Blades in September.

Bute (31-1, 24 KOs) will be making his second appearance in the 175-pound division, but he hasn't fought in more than a year.

Here are five keys for Pascal against Bute:

Sooner rather than later

Hit him in the face

Slow him down

Leave the past behind

In the corner he trusts