Jean Pascal

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Jean Pascal
Jean Pascal (Boxer).jpg
Real nameJean-Thenistor Pascal
Rated atSuper-middleweight
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
NationalityCanada Canadian
Born(1982-10-28) October 28, 1982 (age 32)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Boxing record
Total fights33
Wins by KO17
No contests1
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Jean Pascal
Jean Pascal (Boxer).jpg
Real nameJean-Thenistor Pascal
Rated atSuper-middleweight
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
NationalityCanada Canadian
Born(1982-10-28) October 28, 1982 (age 32)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Boxing record
Total fights33
Wins by KO17
No contests1

Jean-Thenistor Pascal (born October 28, 1982) is a Haitian-Canadian professional boxer. He is a former WBC, Lineal, & The Ring light-heavyweight champion.

Early life[edit]

Pascal was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. When Pascal was 4, his mother (a nurse) and older brother (Nicholson Poulard) had left Haiti for a better life and education. They settled in Laval, Quebec, just outside of Montreal. His father, a well-respected politician,[citation needed] remained in Haiti. Pascal played hockey and soccer, but after watching his older brother become the Quebec Boxing Champion in 1996, Pascal, at 13 years of age, started to visit boxing gym "Club Champions St-Michel" once or twice every week. His first trainer was Sylvain Gagnon, who considered Pascal to be very talented. According to an interview from May 2005, Pascal's idol was Roy Jones Jr..[1]

He represented Canada as a middleweight at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Professional career[edit]


Pascal made his professional debut in February 2005. After nine wins, Pascal won the Canada National and Quebec boxing Council (CQB) super-middleweight titles in a national bout against Martin Desjardins, winning in round seven. After two more fights, Pascal won the TAB (Trans America Boxing) title against Darnell Boone. Pascal boxed Lucas Green Arias in September 2006 at the Montreal Casino for the vacant WBC Latino title. Pascal sent Arias to the canvas with a flurry of punches in the sixth round. Arias got up for the final second of the round, but moments later slid off the stool in his corner, vigorously rubbing his head. He was unable to get up for the seventh round, making Pascal the winner. He was given oxygen in the ring and then was taken to the hospital on a stretcher.[2] It was revealed that he suffered a subdural hematoma.[3]

On November 18, 2006, Pascal defeated Jermain Mackey by unanimous decision to win the NABO super-middleweight title. Pascal then defeated Lafarrell Bunteng by unanimous decision on March 10, 2007, defending the NABO belt.

Pascal defeated Christian Cruz by technical knockout in the tenth round to retain his NABO title and win the vacant NABA and NABF titles. This win solidified his reputation at the national level.

Pascal successfully defended the NABO/NABF/NABA super-middleweight titles with a ten round unanimous decision over Brian Norman in December 2007.

Froch vs Pascal[edit]

At 21-0, Pascal got his first world title shot when he was matched against the 23-0 Carl Froch for the vacant WBC super-middleweight title on December 6, 2008 at the Trent FM Arena in Froch's hometown of Nottingham, England. Pascal held his own, with both men consistently tagging each other throughout the bout. However, Froch won a hard-fought, exciting contest which had many close rounds by a unanimous decision. The scorecards read 112-116, 111-117 and 110-118. Since the bout, Froch and Pascal have become friends on a personal level and have made a promise to face each other again in the future.

After the loss, Pascal fought Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas on April 4, 2009 and won the fight by knockout in the fifth round to win the vacant WBO Inter-Continental super-middleweight title.


Pascal then moved up in weight to the light-heavyweight division to challenge the 26-0 WBC light-heavyweight champion, Adrian Diaconu on June 19, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Pascal won the bout and the title by a unanimous decision. About two months after the fight on August 12, 2009 the city of Laval honored Pascal.

Pascal defended his WBC light-heavyweight title for the first time on September 25, 2009 against the WBC's mandatory challenger, aged Italian veteran Silvio Branco, retaining his title with a tenth round stoppage.

Pascal's second title defense came on December 11, 2009 in a rematch against Adrian Diaconu. Just like the first fight against Diaconu, the fight ended in another win by decision. Throughout the fight Pascal seemed to be having problems with his right arm, starting around round five. However it did appear that his cutman, Russ Anber, was able to pop the shoulder back in before the start of round eleven. Five days after the fight on December 16, 2009 Pascal underwent arthroscopic surgery for his right shoulder.[4] Doctors removed a bone chip and repaired the labrum in his shoulder.

In June 2010, Pascal re-signed a multi-million dollar contract with promoter Groupe Yvon Michel in which he was guaranteed $1,050,000 to defend his title against Chad Dawson, as well as another $1,500,000 guaranteed in the fight following Dawson, which happened to be Bernard Hopkins. The contract is the most lucrative ever given out to a boxer in Quebec boxing history. Pascal has become the first Canadian boxer to receive more than a million dollars for a fight in Canada.[5]

Pascal vs Dawson[edit]

For Pascal's third title defense, he fought Chad Dawson for Pascal's WBC light-heavyweight title, and the vacant Lineal & The Ring light-heavyweight titles. Pascal dominated the early action and worked well in the middle rounds but seemed to tire late and get frequently caught by the favored Dawson. Pascal won the fight by a technical decision part way through the eleventh round due to an accidental head butt that caused a major cut over Dawson's right eye and was stopped by the ring-side doctor. However Pascal easily won the fight according to the judges' scorecards with scores of 108–101 and 106–103.[6]

Pascal vs Hopkins[edit]

Following Pascal's upset of Chad Dawson, 45-year-old Bernard Hopkins was soon named his next opponent for him to defend his WBC/Lineal/The Ring light-heavyweight titles.[7][8][9][10][11] Within the first 48 hours of tickets being on sale for Pascal/Hopkins, more than 15,000 tickets were sold.[12] In preparation for the fight, Pascal spent forty days training in Miami.[13]

The fight took place at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City on December 18, 2010. Pascal started strong in the fight, scoring two knockdowns in the first three rounds. One knockdown in the first round, which was disputed by Hopkins as an illegal blow to the back of the head and another knockdown in the third round. However, following the early rounds, the two fighters each held their own, however only to have the fight end in a controversial majority draw.

At the end of 2010, Ring Magazine rated Pascal as the 14th best boxer in the world as part of their yearly Top One Hundred Boxers ranking. Pascal moved up fifty-one places on the list, compared to his 2009 ranking of 65. The jump in the rankings was directly attributed to Pascal's upset of Chad Dawson, since the list came out before Pascal fought Bernard Hopkins.[14]

Pascal vs Hopkins II[edit]

Following the controversial draw with Hopkins in December 2010, Hopkins expressed his frustration. Hopkins, who had refused to fight outside of the United States since 1994, felt there was a judging bias based on the fight being held in Quebec, Canada, as well as a discrimination of his age.

Hopkins later criticized Pascal's performance, claiming that Pascal took more damage during the fight and that he clinched frequently. However, when Hopkins was asked about a potential rematch, he replaced most definitely only to claim that he was "too dangerous for anybody" and then went on to complain that GYM promotions was dragging the fight out to make him older so that he would lose.

However, Pascal defended his performance, by noting his two knockdowns he scored early in the fight and defending the legitimacy of the judges. Pascal then expressed that he was unsatisfied with the decision and preferred to have won the fight rather than settle with a draw. When asked about a potential rematch he responded by saying: "If he wants a rematch, anytime."

The rematch with Bernard Hopkins was held on May 21, 2011 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, broadcast on HBO World Championship Boxing.

The bout began with both fighters feeling each other out for the first few rounds. However, in the third round, Hopkins began to find success with the right hand and shook the knees of Pascal. In the fourth round, both fighters exchanged power shots frantically with Hopkins looking slightly wobbled at the end of the round. Later on, before the seventh round began, Hopkins began doing push-ups in the ring. In the ninth round, Pascal's glove touched the mat after a cupping shot and was ruled a slip. This occurred again in the tenth. The fight concluded with the judges scoring the bout, 112-116, 114-115 and 113-115 in favor of Hopkins.

After many months under the radar, Pascal was slated to fight Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light-heavyweight title on August 11, 2012, but a hand injury forced him to pull out of the fight. Pascal finally returned to the ring on December 14, 2012 against Aleksy Kuziemski. He won the fight via wide unanimous decision, receiving the scores: 100-88, 98-88 and 98-90, from the fights' judges.

Pascal vs Bute[edit]

It was announced that Jean Pascal would be fighting Lucian Bute on May 25, 2013, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec for Bute's NABF light heavyweight title and the vacant WBC Diamond championship.[15]

The fight was rescheduled for January 18, 2014 due to an injury that required surgery to remove bone fragments from Bute's left hand.[16] Pascal ended up winning the fight by unanimous decision.[17]

Pascal is currently looking to pursue a fight with unified champion Sergey Kovalev.[18]

Professional record[edit]

29 Wins (17 KOs), 2 Losses, 1 Draw, 1 No contest
N/A29–2–1 (1)Russia Sergey KovalevN/A(12)2015-03-14Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, QuebecFor WBO, IBF and WBA (Super) Light Heavyweight titles.
NC29–2–1 (1)Argentina Roberto Feliciano BolontiNC2 (10)2014-12-06Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win29–2–1Romania Lucian ButeUD12 (12)2014-01-18Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, QuebecWon NABF light-heavyweight title.
Win28–2–1United States George BladesTKO5 (10)2013-09-28Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win27–2–1Poland Aleksy KuziemskiUD10 (10)2012-12-14Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Loss26–2–1United States Bernard HopkinsUD12 (12)2011-05-21Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, QuebecLost WBC/Lineal/The Ring light-heavyweight titles.
Draw26–1–1United States Bernard HopkinsSD12 (12)2010-12-18Canada Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, QuebecRetained WBC/Lineal/The Ring light-heavyweight titles.
Win26–1United States Chad DawsonTD11 (12)2010-08-14Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, QuebecRetained WBC, & won vacant Lineal/The Ring light-heavyweight titles.
Win25–1Romania Adrian DiaconuUD12 (12)2009-12-11Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, QuebecRetained WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win24–1Italy Silvio BrancoTKO10 (12), 2:192009-09-25Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, QuebecRetained WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win23–1Romania Adrian DiaconuUD12 (12)2009-06-19Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, QuebecWon WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win22–1Argentina Pablo Daniel Zamora NievasKO5 (12), 0:422009-04-04Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, QuebecWon vacant WBO Inter-Continental super-middleweight title.
Loss21–1United Kingdom Carl FrochUD12 (12)2008-12-06United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, NottinghamshireFor vacant WBC super-middleweight title.
Win21–0United States Omar PittmanUD10 (10)2008-01-11United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Win20–0United States Brian NormanUD10 (10)2007-12-07Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaRetained NABO/NABF/NABA super-middleweight titles.
Win19–0Mexico Esteban CamouKO3 (10), 2:372007-10-06Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win18–0Nigeria Kingsley IkekeUD12 (12)2007-08-03Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaRetained NABF super-middleweight title.
Win17–0United States Christian CruzTKO10 (12), 2:002007-06-08Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaRetained NABO, & won vacant NABF/NABA super-middleweight titles.
Win16–0United States Lafarrell BuntingUD12 (12)2007-03-10Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaRetained NABO super-middleweight title.
Win15–0The Bahamas Jermain MackeyUD12 (12)2006-11-18Canada Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CanadaWon NABO super-middleweight title.
Win14–0Costa Rica Lucas Green AriasTKO6 (12), 3:002006-09-30Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWon vacant WBC Latino super-middleweight title.
Win13–0United States Darnell BooneUD10 (10)2006-06-23Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWon vacant Trans America Boxing super-middleweight title.
Win12–0Trinidad and Tobago Melroy CorbinTKO5 (8), 2:372006-03-11Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win11–0United States Eric HowardTKO2 (8), 2:302006-02-25Canada Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Win10–0Canada Martin DesjardinsTKO7 (10), 2:162005-12-10Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWon vacant Quebec Boxing Council/Canadian super-middleweight titles.
Win9–0Uruguay Gerardo SoriaTKO4 (8), 2:362005-11-19Canada Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Win8–0United States James CrawfordTKO3 (8), 1:472005-10-29Canada Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Win7–0United States Jesse SandersKO1 (6), 1:452005-10-15Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win6–0Barbados Ricardo KellmanTKO2 (6), 2:502005-09-10Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win5–0United States Homer GibbinsTKO2 (4), 1:452005-07-13Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win4–0United States Donnie PendeltonTKO2 (4), 3:002005-06-18Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win3–0United States Eddie O'NealUD42005-03-03Canada Club Soda, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win2–0United States Jesse LondoKO1 (4), 0:502005-02-12Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win1–0United States Justin HahnTKO2 (4), 2:172005-02-03Canada Club Soda, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaProfessional debut.



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  15. ^ Bute vs. Pascal Announcement is Expected Shortly
  16. ^ New date for Bute-Pascal
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Preceded by
Adrian Diaconu
WBC light heavyweight champion
June 19, 2009 – May 12, 2011
Succeeded by
Bernard Hopkins
Title last held by
Joe Calzaghe
The Ring light heavyweight champion
August 14, 2010 – May 12, 2011
Preceded by
Chad Dawson
IBO light heavyweight champion
August 14, 2010 – May 12, 2011
Vacant after loss to Hopkins
Title next held by
Andrzej Fonfara
Bernard Hopkins
WBC Light Heavyweight Diamond Belt
January 18, 2004