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Pascal Improves His Pro Record

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer light heavyweight (175 pounds) Jean Pascal improved his pro record to 36-6-1 Friday night at the Whitesands Center In Tampa Bay, Florida, beating the Chinese Fanlong Meng by unanimous decision in 12 rounds. The three judges scored the bout 116-111, 114-113 and 115-112 for the Montrealer.

A fighter at 39 years old, Pascal, who was fighting for the first time in two years in a half, provoked two knockdowns in this bout. Pascal inflicted to Meng his first defeat in pro boxing. Meng has now a pro record of 17-1-0.

“I had a perfect preparation for this bout,” said Pascal after the fight. “I had a lot of energy in this fight. I could fight for 24 rounds this time. No doubt that I was deserving a win. I sent Meng twice to the canvas, and I dominated most of the rounds. I hope to take part in another world championship bout before the end of my career. The Montrealer Russian Artur Beterbiev is the actual WBC and IBF light heavyweight champion of the world, then, I am ready to face him this year.”

Beterbiev, who has a perfect pro record (17-0-0, 17 wins by KO or TKO), will be in action June 18th at Madison Square Garden in New York. He will face Joe Smith Jr. (28-3-0), a fighter from Long Island, New York.


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