Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Stéphane Larouche: "Pascal Is
Certainly Better Than Bossé Technically"
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL - The veteran Montrealer trainer Stéphane Larouche
believes that his fighter Jean Pascal is perfectly prepared
for his fight with Steve Bossé, Friday evening in the ring
of the Bell Place in Laval, a Montréal northern suburb.
“Jean is not taking this fight lightly,” said Larouche, the
former Lucian Bute’s trainer. “He knows that Bossé is strong
physically and he is a dangerous puncher. However, Jean is
an excellent fighter offensively and defensively. And he is
like a tiger in the ring; He can surprise the opponent
anytime with a fast attack.”
Former WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, Pascal
(32-5-1) will fight for the first time of his life in the
cruiserweight division (190 pounds). Former UFC champion,
Bossé (1-0-0) is a natural cruiserweight. Plus his
experience in UFC, he was a goon in the hockey senior.
“Jean fought in the super middleweight (168 pounds) and in
the light heavyweight (175 pounds), but it will be his first
fight in the cruiserweight division, said Larouche. But he
is prepared for this challenge. He trained with several
heavyweights in the last two months. I am sure he will be
comfortable to face a natural cruiserweight.”
Last December, Pascal announced his retirement after his win
by TKO against the Egyptian Ahmed Elbiali (17-1-0) in Miami.
However, two weeks after, Bossé challenged Pascal publicly.
Pascal called Yvon Michel, and he told to organize this
fight with Bossé.
“I was a bit surprise when Jean got out of his retirement to
fight Steve Bossé,” said Larouche. “However, I know that
Jean is a very proud athlete. When Bossé challenged him
publicly, Jean called me and he said I am back in training
to face this guy.”
When we asked his prediction for the fight, Larouche smiled.
“My prediction? Jean gonna win by TKO, KO or unanimous
decision”, said Larouche. “Jean has a lot of more experience
than Bossé in boxing, his offensive and defensive technique
is certainly superior than the opponent technique, and I am
sure that the precision of his punches will make the
difference in the result of the bout.”