Jean Pascal Calls For A Fight Against Canelo Alvarez
Out of action since December, Jean Pascal is looking to increase his workload. He also wants to continue to fight some of the top fighters out there today, even outside of his division.
Pascal (35-6-1, 1NC) spoke to Premier Boxing Champions’ Ray Flores about potentially facing Canelo Alvarez. The WBA and WBC Silver Light-Heavyweight Champion has faced Sergey Kovalev before (twice), the same man Canelo beat for the WBO Light-Heavyweight Title back in November. While it is unknown if Canelo (43-1-2), the middleweight king, would return to light-heavyweight, Pascal is ready for anything to happen.
“If Canelo wants to make history once again—if he wants to claim a second title in the division, I’m right here,” stated, via Boxing Scene. “I know for a fact, his style and my style in the ring that’s going to be fireworks.”
A former lineal light-heavyweight champion, Pascal fought Bernard Hopkins twice, drawing with the multiple-time champion in 2010. They fought in a rematch in 2011, with Pascal losing the fight via unanimous decision. Following the Kovalev series, Pascal went 2-1 before announcing his intentions to retire. He ended up coming back to decimate Steve Bosse in July 2018, winning via TKO.
Even though he lost to Dmitry Bovol for the WBA Light-Heavyweight Title, Pascal found new life. He won the WBA and WBC Silver Light-Heavyweight Title against Marcus Browne in August 2019. His last bout was in December, beating Badou Jack via split decision. Without a fight booked at the moment, Pascal is interested in earning a big payday against Canelo.
“Canelo right now is a top three, top four pound-for-pound fighter in the world. You know me, I love challenges,” Pascal went on to say. “It will be a risk, a great challenge for me as well as a great risk for Canelo but at the end of the day, we want to make history.
“When we leave Planet Earth, we want to be remembered. This is the best way to be remembered, to make history.”
Canelo hasn’t lost a bout since facing Floyd Mayweather in 2013. He is 11-0-1 in 12 contests. After drawing with Gennadiy Golovkin, Canelo beat Golovkin, Rocky Fielding (WBA Super-Middleweight Title), Daniel Jacobs (IBF Middleweight Title), and Kovalev.
At 37, is it possible for Pascal to earn a shot at Canelo?