Jean Pascal

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Jean Pascal
Jean Pascal (Boxer).jpg
Pascal vs. Froch, 2008
Real name Jean-Thenistor Pascal
Rated at
Height 5 ft 10 12 in (179 cm)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
  • Haitian
  • Canadian
Born (1982-10-28) October 28, 1982 (age 34)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 37
Wins 31
Wins by KO 18
Losses 4
Draws 1
No contests 1

Jean-Thenistor Pascal (born October 28, 1982) is a Haitian Canadian professional boxer. He held the unified WBC, IBO, Ring magazine, and lineal light-heavyweight titles between 2009 and 2011, and challenged for the WBC super-middleweight title in 2008.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Pascal was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. When Pascal was four, his mother (a nurse) and older brother (Nicholson Poulard) had left Haiti and settled in Laval, Quebec, just outside 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 and won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002.

Professional career[edit]


Early years[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.[4][5] 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.[6]


Pascal then moved up in weight to the light-heavyweight division to challenge the 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.[7] Doctors removed a bone chip and repaired the labrum in his shoulder.

In June 2010, Pascal re-signed a multimillion-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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10][11][12][13][14] Within the first 48 hours of tickets being on sale for Pascal/Hopkins, more than 15,000 tickets were sold.[15] In preparation for the fight, Pascal spent forty days training in Miami.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

The fight was rescheduled for January 18, 2014 due to an injury that required surgery to remove bone fragments from Bute's left hand.[20] Pascal ended up winning the fight by unanimous decision.[21]

Pascal vs. Kovalev[edit]

Pascal faced Sergey Kovalev on March 14, 2015 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Kovalev began the fight off aggressively as usual and took control of the fight early on and eventually knocked Pascal down in the 4th round. Pascal began to fight back and landed some good punches on Kovalev in rounds 5 and 6, although Kovalev gained control of the fight again in the 7th round and began to hit Pascal with huge shots, wobbling him and in the 8th round the referee stopped the fight as he felt Pascal was not in the right state physically to be able to continue the fight.[22]

Pascal vs. Kovalev II[edit]

On January 30, 2016, Pascal had a re-match with Kovalev, also held at the Bell Centre in Montreal, which was televised on HBO. In the first round, a jab by Kovalev appeared to knock Pascal down, but referee Michael Griffin ruled it a slip. Kovalev threw the majority of punches and dominated the first 3 rounds. Kovalev continued landing punches in the 4th round while Pascal retreated. HBO commentator Bernard Hopkins described Kovalev's onslaught as "torture". A right in the 5th from Kovalev staggered Pascal but he did not go down.[23] Kovalev landed 31 punches to a single punch from Pascal in the 5th round.[24] Pascal's coach, Hall of Fame member Freddie Roach nearly stopped the fight after the sixth round, and asked the referee to keep an eye on Pascal if he absorbed too much punishment in the seventh. After the 7th round, Roach would not let his fighter continue, and Kovalev was given a RTD over Pascal. Over the 7 rounds, Kovalev landed 162 punches compared to only 30 for Pascal.[25]

Pascal vs. Ramallo[edit]

Pascal announced he would fight on December 16, 2016 against 33 year old journeyman Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo at the Cogeco Amphitheater in Trois-Rivières. Ramallo challenged for the vacant IBO International super middleweight title in 2015 in a losing attempt to Renold Quinlan.[26] The fight took place at light heavyweight with Pascal weighing just over 181 pounds. Pascal stopped Ramallo in the 3rd round of their scheduled 10 round fight. In the opening rounds, Ramalo was connecting with his own shots from time to time, but did not have the same size, speed or the power of Pascal to do any further damage. Pascal knocked Ramalla down twice in the round 3 with the right hands to the head. Ramallo was hurt after the second knockdown. Although he seemed to have recovered, the referee stopped the fight rather than letting it go on.[27][28]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
37 fights 31 wins 4 losses
By knockout 18 2
By decision 13 2
Draws 1
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
37 Win 31–4–1 (1) Argentina Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo TKO 3 (10) Dec 16, 2016 Canada Amphithéâtre Cogeco, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
36 Loss 30–4–1 (1) Russia Sergey Kovalev RTD 7 (12), 3:00 Jan 30, 2016 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada For WBA (Undisputed), IBF, and WBO light-heavyweight titles
35 Win 30–3–1 (1) Cuba Yunieski Gonzalez UD 10 Jul 25, 2015 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
34 Loss 29–3–1 (1) Russia Sergey Kovalev TKO 8 (12), 1:03 Mar 14, 2015 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada For WBA (Undisputed), IBF, and WBO light-heavyweight titles
33 NC 29–2–1 (1) Argentina Roberto Bolonti NC 2 (10) Dec 6, 2014 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada NC after Bolonti was unable to continue from an accidental foul
32 Win 29–2–1 Romania Lucian Bute UD 12 Jan 18, 2014 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won NABF light-heavyweight title
31 Win 28–2–1 United States George Blades TKO 5 (10) Sep 28, 2013 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
30 Win 27–2–1 Poland Aleksy Kuziemski UD 10 Dec 14, 2012 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
29 Loss 26–2–1 United States Bernard Hopkins UD 12 May 21, 2011 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lost WBC, IBO, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles
28 Draw 26–1–1 United States Bernard Hopkins MD 12 Dec 18, 2010 Canada Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC, IBO The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles
27 Win 26–1 United States Chad Dawson TD 11 (12) Aug 14, 2010 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC light-heavyweight title;
Won IBO, vacant The Ring and lineal light-heavyweight titles;
Unanimous TD after Dawson sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
26 Win 25–1 Romania Adrian Diaconu UD 12 Dec 11, 2009 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC light-heavyweight title
25 Win 24–1 Italy Silvio Branco TKO 10 (12), 2:19 Sep 25, 2009 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC light-heavyweight title
24 Win 23–1 Romania Adrian Diaconu UD 12 Jun 19, 2009 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won WBC light-heavyweight title
23 Win 22–1 Argentina Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas KO 5 (12), 0:42 Apr 4, 2009 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental super-middleweight title
22 Loss 21–1 United Kingdom Carl Froch UD 12 Dec 6, 2008 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, England For vacant WBC super-middleweight title
21 Win 21–0 United States Omar Pittman UD 10 Jan 11, 2008 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 United States Brian Norman UD 10 Dec 7, 2007 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained NABF, WBA–NABA and WBO–NABO super-middleweight titles
19 Win 19–0 Mexico Esteban Camou KO 3 (10), 2:37 Oct 6, 2007 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
18 Win 18–0 Nigeria Kingsley Ikeke UD 12 Aug 3, 2007 Canada Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained NABF super-middleweight title
17 Win 17–0 United States Christian Cruz TKO 10 (12), 2:00 Jun 8, 2007 Canada Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBO–NABO super-middleweight title;
Won vacant NABF and WBANABA super-middleweight titles
16 Win 16–0 United States La Farrell Bunting UD 12 Mar 10, 2007 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBO–NABO super-middleweight title
15 Win 15–0 The Bahamas Jermain Mackey UD 12 Nov 18, 2006 Canada Colisée, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada Won WBONABO super-middleweight title
14 Win 14–0 Costa Rica Lucas Green Arias TKO 6 (12), 3:00 Sep 30, 2006 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant WBC Latino super-middleweight title
13 Win 13–0 United States Darnell Boone UD 10 Jun 23, 2006 Canada Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant TAB super-middleweight title
12 Win 12–0 Trinidad and Tobago Melroy Corbin TKO 5 (8), 2:37 Mar 11, 2006 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
11 Win 11–0 United States Eric Howard TKO 2 (8), 2:30 Feb 25, 2006 Canada Casino du Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
10 Win 10–0 Canada Martin Desjardins TKO 7 (10), 2:16 Dec 10, 2005 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant Canada and Quebec Boxing Council super-middleweight titles
9 Win 9–0 Uruguay Gerardo Soria TKO 4 (8), 2:36 Nov 19, 2005 Canada Université, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
8 Win 8–0 United States James Crawford TKO 3 (8), 1:47 Oct 29, 2005 Canada Casino du Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
7 Win 7–0 United States Jesse Sanders KO 1 (6), 1:45 Oct 15, 2005 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
6 Win 6–0 Barbados Ricardo Kellman TKO 2 (6), 2:50 Sep 10, 2005 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5 Win 5–0 United States Homer Gibbins TKO 2 (4), 1:45 Jul 13, 2005 Canada Métropolis, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
4 Win 4–0 United States Donnie Pendelton TKO 2 (4), 3:00 Jun 18, 2005 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3 Win 3–0 United States Eddie O'Neal UD 4 Mar 3, 2005 Canada Club Soda, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2 Win 2–0 United States Jesse Londo KO 1 (4), 0:50 Feb 12, 2005 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1 Win 1–0 United States Justin Hahn TKO 2 (4), 2:17 Feb 3, 2005 Canada Club Soda, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Professional debut

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jean Pascal - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  2. ^ "Pascal pounds Green Arias for title". The Canadian Press. TSN. 2006-09-30. Retrieved 2008-01-25. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Arias Update!". 2007-09-30. Archived from the original on 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Carl Froch beat Jean Pascal to become world champion despite a perforated eardrum". Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Froch wins thriller to take title". BBC Boxing. December 7, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ "jean-pascal-vs-pablo-daniel-zamora-nievas". Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ Morin, Vincent. "WBC's Pascal inks million dollar deal | Other Sports | Sports". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  9. ^ Vester, Mark (August 14, 2010). "Jean Pascal Upsets Chad Dawson, Unifies WBC/IBO Title". Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Jean Pascal-Bernard Hopkins Later This Year?". 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  11. ^ "Jean Pascal Shreds Lucian Bute, Targets Hopkins Clash - Boxing News". 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  12. ^ "Laval's Pascal to face boxing legend Hopkins". CBC News. September 2, 2010. 
  13. ^ [2][dead link]
  14. ^ Sep 1, 9:33 pm EDT (2010-12-07). "Pascal set to defend title vs. Hopkins - Boxing - Yahoo! Sports". Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  15. ^ "Bernard Hopkins-Jean Pascal fight on track to be one of the biggest ever in Canada |". Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  16. ^ HERB ZURKOWSKY, Montreal Gazette December 17, 2010 (2010-12-17). "Life in the fast lane just where Pascal expected to be". Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  17. ^ Archived from the original on January 7, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ "Bernard Hopkins beats Jean Pascal to become boxing's oldest champion". May 22, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  19. ^ Bute vs. Pascal Announcement is Expected Shortly
  20. ^ New date for Bute-Pascal
  21. ^ "Jean Pascal tops Lucian Bute by decision". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Sergey Kovalev stops Jean Pascal". ESPN. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  23. ^ Abramson, Mitch (30 January 2016). "Sergey Kovalev destroys Jean Pascal, admits he wanted to punish him". The Ring. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  24. ^ Alexander, Mookie (31 January 2016). "HBO Boxing results & highlights: Kovalev clobbers Pascal, forces corner stoppage". Sports Data. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  25. ^ "Kovalev-Pascal final punch stats". Boxing News 24. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  26. ^ "Jean Pascal Ring Return Eyed For Date of December 16". Boxing Scene. November 21, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Jean Pascal Bounces Back, Batters Ramallo For Stoppage Win". Boxing Scene. December 17, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Pascal victorious in comeback bout". Retrieved December 17, 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Otis Grant
Canada super-middleweight champion
December 10, 2005 – December 2007
Title next held by
Adonis Stevenson
New title Quebec Boxing Council super-middleweight champion
December 10, 2005 – May 2006
Title next held by
Nicholson Poulard
TAB super-middleweight champion
June 23, 2006 – June 2009
Title discontinued
Title last held by
Librado Andrade
WBC Latino super-middleweight champion
September 30, 2006 – November 2006
Title next held by
Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias
Title last held by
Chad Dawson
WBONABO super-middleweight champion
November 18, 2006 – June 2008
Title next held by
Andre Ward
Title last held by
Lucian Bute
NABF super-middleweight champion
June 8, 2006 – August 2008
Title next held by
Peter Manfredo Jr.
WBANABA super-middleweight champion
June 8, 2006 – December 2008
Title next held by
Derek Edwards
Title last held by
Károly Balzsay
WBO Inter-Continental super-middleweight champion
April 9, 2009 – June 2009
Title next held by
Eduard Gutknecht
Title last held by
Lucian Bute
NABF light-heavyweight champion
January 18, 2014 – March 2015
Title next held by
Isaac Chilemba
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by
Chad Dawson
IBO light-heavyweight champion
August 14, 2010 – May 21, 2011
Vacant after loss to Hopkins
Title next held by
Andrzej Fonfara
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Adrian Diaconu
WBC light-heavyweight champion
June 19, 2009 – May 21, 2011
Succeeded by
Bernard Hopkins
Title last held by
Joe Calzaghe
The Ring light-heavyweight champion
August 14, 2010 – May 12, 2011
Title last held by
Zsolt Erdei
Lineal light-heavyweight champion
August 14, 2010 – May 12, 2011
Honorary boxing titles
New title WBC Diamond light-heavyweight champion
January 18, 2014 - March 14, 2015
Succeeded by
Sergey Kovalev