Thursday, March 6, 2014

What’s next for Jean Pascal?

So what’s happening with former WBC light heavyweight champion and former Olympian Jean Pascal? He’s coming of a pretty impressive win against fellow Canadian fighter Lucian Bute back in January and at the age of 31 years old; he’s still in his prime. Of course, Bute is considered to now be a shot fighter after his disastrous performance against reigning IBF and WBA super-middleweight champ Carl ¨The Cobra¨ Froch, but it’s still a win against a well known, former champion of the world. I mean, you can say all you want about Bute, but guys like Gennady Golovkin and Sergey Kovalev are prime example of guys that have not fought this caliber of opponent in their career and are both considered top fighters in the business.

So to get back on topic, what are the options next for the flashy Pascal? He is definitely too heavy to fight at 168 pounds now. In one of his latest bouts against little known Aleksy Kuziemski in 2012, Pascal struggled badly to make the weight at 175 where he tipped the scale at 181 pounds, so there’s no way he can fight at 168 with his muscle mass. So what can he accomplish at light heavyweight? If we take a look at the current champions, there’s nothing for him until 2015. Current WBA champion Beibut Shumenov, which would have been the perfect opponent for Pascal, is set to face ¨The Alien¨ Bernard Hopkins for a unification bout. And even after that one, which will see Hopkins probably break his own record for oldest champion, I just can’t see him giving Pascal a 3rd fight. Then, there is Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson. But both are already booked for april and may and it wouldn’t surprise anyone that a clash between those two will happen for the end of the year in a big, fight of the year candidate, clash.

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