Jean Pascal is the current WBC, IBO and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Champion.
Pascal became the Canadian amateur champion seven times (1998-2004). In 2001 he joined the national boxing team. He was named the best Canadian boxer (2001-2003).
Pascal fought for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title in December 2008 against (then) 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 close exciting contest. After that fight, Pascal fought Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas on April 4, 2009 and won the fight by knockout in the fifth round.
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 won the WBC light heavyweight title from Adrian Diaconu on June 19, 2009
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.
For Pascal's third title defense he fought Chad Dawson for his WBC light heavyweight title, Dawson's IBO light heavyweight title, and Ring Magazine's vacant light heavyweight title. 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.
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 Ring Magazine light heavyweight titles
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 a 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.
Major World Titles
WBC Light Heavyweight
2009 – present
IBO Light Heavyweight
2010 – present
Pascal vs Dawson Highlights (2010)
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