Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Pascal: "Bossé Will Pay The
Big Price For His Lack Of Respect"
Bossé: "I Will Punish Pascal Severally"
By: Daniel Cloutier
Photos: Patrick Lacombe
MONTRÉAL - In a few hours, the Montrealers Jean Pascal
and Steve Bossé gonna be transformed in… furious
warriors! Friday evening in the ring of Bell Place in
Laval (a Montréal northern suburb), Pascal (32-5-1), a
former WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, will
face Bossé (1-0-0), a former UFC champion, in the main
event (10 rounds) of this pro boxing show presented by
the promoter of the GYM Group in Montréal, Yvon Michel.
Clearly, Pascal and Bossé are hating each other. They
didn’t stop to insult each other since two weeks. We can
bet that both will try to win by KO or TKO in each round
“Bossé has absolutely no respect for me and he will pay
the big price for that,” said Pascal Thursday afternoon
at the weigh in held at the Montréal Casino. “He insults
me several times since two weeks... I will reply with my
fists. Like I said few days ago, I am determinate to
stop him or knock him out before the end of the third
round. But trust me, I am taking this fight very
seriously. Bossé is a big man extremely strong
physically, he showed a lot of courage in taking this
fight, but I will use my experience, my technique and my
speed to put him in serious trouble soon in the fight. I
will fight wisely offensively and defensively. I am very
excited and motivated at few hours of this challenge. I
got a great training camp, I am perfectly prepared
mentally, physically, technically and strategically for
this bout, and you will see the result in few hours.”
Bossé, who will take only his second pro bout, does not
look intimidated at all by the Pascal’s background. “I
know i my mind I am stronger physically than Pascal, I
am positive I hit harder than him, and I will punish him
severally,” said Bossé. “I am sure I will hurt him each
time I will connect him with a power shot. He said I
have no respect for him? Clearly, he has no respect for
me. I will destroy him mentally and physically, and I
will be the one to leave the ring in celebrating.”
Yvon Michel is clearly impatient to see Pascal and Bossé
nose to nose in the ring. “The animosity between them is
extreme, then, we can expect a very intense and
spectacular bout in few hours,” said Yvon Michel. “Each
one has his qualities. Bossé is extremely strong
physically, he has a good chin and he is a very
dangerous puncher. On his side, Pascal has a lot of
experience in boxing, he has a good offensive and
defensive technique, he can punch, he is good mover in
the ring, and he has very fast hands. Yes, I am
impatient to see them nose to nose in the ring. I think
that each second of this bout will be a big thrill. The
fans who will assist to this event will certainly
At the official weigh in supervised by the Québec
Athletic Commission (Régie provinciale des sports de
combat), Thursday afternoon at the Montréal Casino,
Pascal posted an official weight of 193.8 pounds versus
197.4 for Bossé.
For Pascal, it will be a first experience in the
cruiserweight division. In the past, he was fighting in
the super middleweight division (168 pounds) and the
light heavyweight division (175 pounds).
Pascal announced his retirement last December after his
win by TKO against the light heavyweight Egyptian Ahmed
Elbiali (17-1-0) in Miami, but he changed his mind two
weeks after when Bossé challenged him publicly. Pascal
called Yvon Michel to tell him: “I am back in action,
you can organize this match up with Bossé.”
The officials of the main event will be all Montrealers.
The referee is Mike Griffin, the judges Pasquale
Procopio, Benoit Roussel and Jack Woodburn.
Just before the main event, the Montrealer Marie-Eve
Dicaire (12-0-0), who is ranked second contender by the
WBC and the WBA in the super welterweight female
ratings, will fight the Mexican Alejandra Avala (9-3-0).
It will be also a fight of 10 rounds, but in the female
boxing, the rounds are limited to two minutes of action
(three minutes for the men).
Before the fight Dicaire-Ayala, a UFC fight will oppose
the Montrealer Russian Yoni Sherbatov to the Mexican
flyweight Luis Solorzano.
The middleweight Jordan Balmir (-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 Vendetta
(12-4-1), Pellerin will face the Mexican Fernando Galvan
(2-1-0), Cyr will challenge the Montrealer Jean-Michel
Bolivar (3-1-0), Pierre-Paul will be opposed to the
Romanian Oszkar Fiko (31-25-1) and finally, Baillé will
fight the Mexican Victor Hugo Lorenzo (9-3-0).
At the weigh in, Balmir posted an official weight of 160
pounds, Vendetta 161, Pellerin 188, Galvan 187, Cyr 161,
Bolivar 162.4, Pierre-Paul 136.2, Fiko 137, Baillé
134.2, Lorenzo 135.2, Dicaire 151.6, Ayala 149,
Sherbatov 125.6 and finally Solorzano 125.6 pounds.
This boxing show will begin at 7.00 PM, Montréal time.