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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Stéphane Larouche: "Pascal Is Used
To Facing Dangerous Punchers"

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - Former WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, the Montrealer Jean Pascal met the Montréal medias Friday afternoon at the Claude Robillard Centre in the North of Montréal, to talk about his next bout, opposing him to the former UFC champion, Steve Bossé, June 29th at Place Bell in Laval, a Montréal northern suburb.

Bossé has only one boxing pro bout of experience, against 38 for Pascal. “No doubt, my large experience in boxing will be a major factor June 29th,” said Pascal. “However, I know that Bossé is big and very strong physically. He was a UFC champion and a goon in senior hockey. And we will fight at 190 pounds, a big plus for Bossé. I will need to protect my chin and use my experience in boxing technique to dominate the action.”

Stéphane Larouche, Pascal’s trainer, said: “Bossé is big and strong, it’s true, but Pascal is used to facing dangerous punchers. He fought twice Sergey Kovalev and twice Bernard Hopkins. Jean knows he got to fight with concentration and fight wisely, and he will do it. Jean knows the importance to protect his chin against a dangerous and destructive puncher like Bossé, and he will certainly do it.”

Larouche said that Pascal (32-5-1) is always training very seriously. “Each time Jean feels he is facing a big challenge, he always trains with intensity,” said Larouche. “He did it during the last two months. For him, it’s a big challenge, even if Bossé has a pro boxing record of... 1-0-0. Jean will dispute his first fight at 190 pounds. And he is facing a strong and big fighter. Even if Bossé has no experience in pro boxing, Jean got to take him seriously.”

Bossé left Montréal for Detroit, to train with the Adonis Stevenson’s trainer, Sugar Hill. “Hill is a specialist to improve a fighter’s technique, then, I got to take this bout very seriously,” said Pascal.

Bernard Barré, the scout of the GYM Group, said: “This fight Pascal-Bossé will be a thriller, because it will be a match up technique versus power. And I am impatient to see the atmosphere at the Place Bell. In the stands, each fighter will have his fans. I hope that we will avoid trouble out of the ring.”


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