Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Pascal: "Bossé Won’t Finish The Third Round"
Bossé: "I Will Destroy Pascal"
By Daniel Cloutier
Photos: Patrick Lacombe
MONTRÉAL — The Montrealers Jean Pascal and Steve Bossé
are ready for the war. It’s very clear.
Friday evening in the ring of the Bell Place Arena in
Laval (a Montréal northern suburb), Pascal (32-5-1), the
former WBC light heavyweight (175 pounds) champion of
the world, will face the former UFC champion, Steve
Bossé (1-0-0), in the main event of this pro boxing show
organized by the GYM Group. Pascal and Bossé will fight
in the cruiserweight division (190 pounds).
For Pascal, it will be his first experience in the
cruiserweight division. “I got a perfect preparation
since three months, mentally, physically, technically
and strategically, and I am positive I will destroy
Pascal Friday evening,” said Bossé Tuesday afternoon in
a press conference held at the Montréal Casino. “I will
destroy him mentally and physically. I got great success
in UFC, I got great success as goon in senior hockey,
and now, I am ready to become a big name in pro boxing.
Pascal is established favourite to win this fight, but I
don’t care. I am sure I will cause a major surprise
Friday evening. Pascal has more experience than me in
boxing, but I know I am stronger physically than him, I
am a more powerful puncher than him, then, you will see
the result when I will connect him with my power shots.
We will see how many rounds he will be able to resist to
my destructions attacks.”
Pascal was smiling in hearing Bossé makes his
prediction. “Bossé is pretending he will destroy me? I
have an advice for him: do it in the first two rounds,
because you won’t be able to finish the third round on
your legs,” said Pascal. “I have a lot of more
experience than him in boxing, I have a lot of more
technique than him, then, I will be able to control his
power shots in the first two rounds, and I will finish
him the next round. The fight will become reality in few
days, and I am extremely excited and motivated to live
this event. Bossé has the reputation to be strong
physically, and I guess he is very courageous to face a
veteran fighter like me, but I know he won’t appreciate
his experience. I will get out of the ring in the
winner’s conner, not him. I think he has no respect for
me, but he will learn to respect me.”
Pascal announced his retirement last December,
immediately after his win by TKO against the Egyptian
Ahmed Elbiali (17-1-0) in Miami. But a couple of weeks
later, Bossé challenged him publicly. The following day,
Pascal called the promoter of the GYM Group, Yvon
Michel, to tell him to organize this fight with Bossé.
“When we finalized the deal, Steve Bossé was extremely
enthusiast to fight Pascal, and Pascal was extremely
motivated to take this challenge,” said Yvon Michel. “We
are very excited to present this event. We are expecting
a very intense and spectacular bout. it’s a match up
between a destroyer puncher (Bossé) and a veteran
(Pascal) who has a good technique, experience, speed and
Just before the main event (10 rounds), the Montrealer
Marie-Eve Dicaire (12-0-0), who is ranked second
contender by the WBC and the WBA in the female super
welterweight division, will face the Californian
Ajelandra Ayala (9-3-0) in a 10 rounds bout.
The middleweight Jordan Balmir (9-0-0), from
Drummondville, Québec, the cruiserweight Yan Pellerin
(2-0-0), from Granby, Québec, the middleweight Michael
Cyr (1-0-0), from Saint-David, Québec and the
Montrealers lightweights Roody Pierre-Paul (16-3-2) and
Whitney Baillé (6-0-0) will be involved in the
preliminaries bouts of the evening.
Balmir will fight the German-Italian Vito Vandetta
(12-4-1), Pellerin will meet the Mexican Fernando Galvan
(2-1-0), Cyr will face the Montrealer Jean-Michel
Bolivar (3-1-0), Pierre-Paul will challenge the Romanian
Oszkar Fiko (31-25-1) and finally, Baillé will be
opposed to the Mexican Victor Hugo Lorenzo (9-3-0).
The weigh in will be held at the Montréal Casino
Thursday afternoon, and will be supervised by the Québec
Athletic Commission (Régie provinciale des sports de