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
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