Jean Pascal

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Jean Pascal
Jean Pascal (Boxer).jpg
Statistics
Real nameJean-Thenistor Pascal
Rated atLight middleweight (Amateur)
Super middleweight
Light heavyweight (Current)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Reach72"
NationalityCanadian
Haitian
Born(1982-10-28) October 28, 1982 (age 31)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights32
Wins29
Wins by KO17
Losses2
Draws1
No contests0
 
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Jean Pascal
Jean Pascal (Boxer).jpg
Statistics
Real nameJean-Thenistor Pascal
Rated atLight middleweight (Amateur)
Super middleweight
Light heavyweight (Current)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Reach72"
NationalityCanadian
Haitian
Born(1982-10-28) October 28, 1982 (age 31)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights32
Wins29
Wins by KO17
Losses2
Draws1
No contests0

Jean-Thenistor Pascal (born October 28, 1982 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti) is a Canadian professional boxer. He is a former WBC, IBO and The Ring light heavyweight champion.

Early life[edit]

When Pascal was 4, his mother (a nurse) and older brother (Nicholson Poulard) 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]

Super Middleweight[edit]

Pascal made his professional debut on February 3, 2005, defeating Justin Hahn by second round technical knockout. After nine professional fights, Pascal fought for the Canada National Super Middleweight title and the Quebec boxing Council (CQB) title in a national bout against Martin Desjardins, winning the fight by KO 7. After two more fights Pascal bagged the TAB (Trans America Boxing) Super Middleweight title against Darnell Boone in his first ten round contest. Soon after Pascal fought Lucas Green Arias on September 30, 2006, at the Montreal Casino. The fight was for the vacant WBC Latino Super Middleweight title. Pascal sent him 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 WBO NABO Super Middleweight title. Pascal then defeated Lafarrell Bunteng by unanimous decision on March 10, 2007, Defending the NABO belt.

With his win over Bunteng, Pascal fought for the NABO, NABA and NABF National Championships against Christian Cruz. This win solidified his reputation at the national level. After defeating Christian Cruz by technical knockout in the tenth round, Pascal fought former world title challenger Kingsley Ikeke on August 3, 2007. Pascal dominated Ikeke and won by unanimous decision. Later that year, he defeated Esteban Camou and Brian Norman.

His next fight took place on January 11, 2008 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida against Omar Pittman. Pascal dropped Pittman with a left hook in round two and was in control for the first six rounds, but Pittman managed to hurt Pascal in rounds seven and eight. Pascal came back strong in the last two rounds and won by unanimous decision. After the fight with Pittman, Pascal got in a verbal conflict with Edison Miranda. There were brief talks of a possible fight between Pascal and Miranda for the summer of 2008 but it quickly fell apart.

Pascal fought for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title on December 6, 2008 at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England against unbeaten British fighter and top contender Carl Froch. Pascal held his own, with both men consistently tagging each other throughout the bout. In the end he was outpointed in a very exciting contest with many close rounds. The scorecards read 112-116, 111-117 and 110-118. Froch went on to defeat world class boxer Jermain Taylor and top contender Andre Dirrell. Since the fight, Froch and Pascal have become friends on a personal level and have made a promise to face each other again in the future.

After that fight, Pascal fought Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas on April 4, 2009 and won the fight by knockout in the fifth round.

Light heavyweight[edit]

After losing to Carl Froch and jumping back after knocking out Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas, Pascal decided to go up in weight and fight as a light heavyweight.

He then went on to win the WBC light heavyweight title from Adrian Diaconu on June 19, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. About two months after the fight on August 12, 2009 the city of Laval honored Pascal.

Pascal defended his newly crowned WBC light heavyweight title for the first time on September 25, 2009 against the WBC mandatory opponent, aged Italian veteran Silvio Branco. Pascal won the fight by a 10th-round TKO, after knocking Branco down once in round 7 and twice in round 10.

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 5. However it did appear that his cutman, Russ Anber, was able to pop the shoulder back in before the start of round 11. 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.

At the end of 2009, Ring Magazine rated Pascal as the 65th best boxer in the world as part of their yearly Top One Hundred Boxers ranking. This was the first time Pascal had been featured on the list.[5]

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 WBC light heavyweight 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.[6]

For Pascal's third title defense, he fought Chad Dawson for his WBC light heavyweight title, Dawson's IBO light heavyweight title and the vacant The Ring light heavyweight Championship. 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.[7]

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, IBO and The Ring light heavyweight titles.[8][9][10][11][12] Within the first 48 hours of tickets being on sale for Pascal/Hopkins, more than 15,000 tickets were sold.[13] In preparation for the fight, Pascal spent forty days training in Miami.[14]

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.[15]

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.

Jean Pascal vs. Tavoris Cloud[edit]

After many months under the radar, Pascal was slated to fight Tavoris Cloud for the IBF and IBO light heavyweight titles on August 11, 2012, but a hand injury forced him to pull out of the fight. Despite this, however, Pascal's manager has since stated that he (Pascal) would like to fight Cloud sometime in April 2013 (at the time that Cloud had pulled out of their fight, that was supposed to take place on August 11, 2012, due to injury).

However, his fight with Cloud hasn't been able to materialize properly since then, and the fight has since fallen apart completely.

Jean Pascal vs. Aleksy Kuziemski[edit]

Pascal, however, 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.

Jean Pascal vs. Lucian 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.[16]

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

Professional record[edit]

29 Wins (17 knockouts, 12 decisions), 2 Losses 1 Draw
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Win29–2–1Romania Lucian ButeUD12 (12)2014-01-18Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWon NABF light heavyweight championship and vacant WBC Diamond light heavyweight championship.
Win28–2–1United States George BladesTKO5 (10)2013-09-28Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win27–2–1Poland Aleksy KuziemskiUD10 (10)2012-12-14Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss26–2–1United States Bernard HopkinsUD12 (12)2011-05-21Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLost WBC & The Ring light heavyweight & IBO titles. For vacant WBC Diamond light heavyweight title.
Draw26–1–1United States Bernard HopkinsMD12 (12)2010-12-18Canada Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaRetained WBC & The Ring light heavyweight titles.
Win26–1United States Chad DawsonTD11 (12)2010-08-14Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaRetained WBC & won vacant The Ring light heavyweight titles.
Win25–1Romania Adrian DiaconuUD12 (12)2009-12-11Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaRetained WBC light heavyweight title.
Win24–1Italy Silvio BrancoTKO10 (12), 2:192009-09-25Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaRetained WBC light heavyweight title.
Win23–1Romania Adrian DiaconuUD12 (12)2009-06-19Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWon WBC light heavyweight title.
Win22–1Argentina Pablo Daniel Zamora NievasKO5 (12), 0:422009-04-04Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWon WBO Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title.
Loss21–1United Kingdom Carl FrochUD12 (12)2008-12-06United Kingdom Nottingham, England, United KingdomFor vacant WBC Super Middleweight title.
Win21–0United States Omar PittmanUD10 (10)2008-01-11United States Hollywood, Florida, USA
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 and 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 vacant 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'NealUD4 (4)2005-03-03Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win2–0United States Jesse LondoKO1 (4), 0:502005-02-12Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win1–0United States Justin HahnTKO2 (4), 2:172005-02-03Canada Montreal, Quebec, CanadaProfessional debut.

Titles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jean Pascal - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  2. ^ "Pascal pounds Green Arias for title". The Canadian Press. TSN. 2006-09-30. Retrieved 2008-01-25. [dead link]
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  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "THE RING Top 100: 51-75". Ringtv.com. 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  6. ^ Morin, Vincent. "WBC's Pascal inks million dollar deal | Other Sports | Sports". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  7. ^ Vester, Mark (August 14, 2010). "Jean Pascal Upsets Chad Dawson, Unifies WBC/IBO Title". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Jean Pascal-Bernard Hopkins Later This Year?". Eastsideboxing.com. 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  9. ^ "Jean Pascal Shreds Lucian Bute, Targets Hopkins Clash - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  10. ^ "Laval's Pascal to face boxing legend Hopkins". CBC News. September 2, 2010. 
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  13. ^ "Bernard Hopkins-Jean Pascal fight on track to be one of the biggest ever in Canada | Bettor.com". Blogs.bettor.com. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  14. ^ By HERB ZURKOWSKY, Montreal Gazette December 17, 2010 (2010-12-17). "Life in the fast lane just where Pascal expected to be". Montrealgazette.com. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  15. ^ [3][dead link]
  16. ^ http://www.boxingscene.com/bute-vs-pascal-announcement-expected-shortly--63294 Bute vs. Pascal Announcement is Expected Shortly
  17. ^ http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/178845-new-date-for-bute-pascal New date for Bute-Pascal
  18. ^ "Jean Pascal tops Lucian Bute by decision". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Adrian Diaconu
WBC light heavyweight champion
June 19, 2009 – May 12, 2011
Succeeded by
Bernard Hopkins
Vacant
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
Vacant
Title next held by
Andrzej Fonfara