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Alvarez & Pascal In Action In USA

By Daniel Cloutier


MONTRÉAL - The Montrealers Eleider Alvarez and Jean Pascal, two light heavyweights (175 pounds), will be in action in USA in the next weeks. WBA interim champion of the world, Pascal (34-6-1) will fight the WBC seventh contender, the Swedish American Badou Jack (22-2-3), December 28th at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, and Alvarez (24-1-0) will face Michael Seals (24-2-0), from Mobile, Alabama, at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona New York, January 18th.

At his last bout, Pascal caused a huge surprise last August 3rd in beating the New Yorker Marcus Browne (23-1-0) by technical decision at the Brooklyn Arena. Pascal provoked two knockdowns, but the fight has been stopped in the eighth round because an accidental head butt. The three judges scored the fight 75-74 for the Montrealer, who became the first fighter to inflict a defeat to Browne.

Former WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, Pascal, a fighter of 37 years old, hopes to compete in a WBA world title in 2020.

Badou Jack fought the Montrealer southpaw Adonis Stevenson in May 2018 in Toronto, but Stevenson (29-2-1) kept his WBC light heavyweight champion of the world that night, because the fight finished by a draw.

However, Stevenson took his retirement in December the same year, after his lost by KO in the 11th round against the Russian Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-1-0) at the Québec City Videotron Arena. About 30 minutes after the fight, Stevenson failed in a coma and he been transported by ambulance to the hospital Enfant-Jesus in Québec City. After few months, Stevenson got his release from the hospital. he can speak and walk now, but he will have permanent damage to the brain, then, the doctors told him that his boxing career is over.

On his side, Alvarez became WBO light heavyweight champion of the world last August 4th at the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City, in beating Kovalev by KO in the eight round. However, Kovalev took his revenge and took back his WBO 175 pounds world title February 2nd at the Frisco Ford Center in Texas, in beating Alvarez by unanimous decision in 12 rounds.

Ranked ninth contender by the WBC, Elder Alvarez, a Colombian living in Montreal since 2009, hopes to move up in the ratings in 2020 to get eventually another shot for a world title.



 

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