In the aftermath of last Saturday’s Sergey Kovalev-Bernard Hopkins light heavyweight showdown in Atlantic City, former WBC world titlist Jean Pascal now sits firmly as the third most important fighter in the 175 lb. division.
As no. 1 contender to both Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev, via the WBC and WBO, respectively, the Haitian-Canadian star is also in the unique position of being able to choose which high-profile bout he’d like to pursue.
In terms of money, there’s little doubt that the bout with fellow Haitian-Canadian Stevenson in Quebec would be the bigger money-generator. However, talks between the two fighters have reportedly broken down completely.
Pascal advisor Greg Leon insists, however, that his fighter would have no problem switching focus to go after the heavy-handed Kovalev, who shut out Bernard Hopkins on Saturday to unify the WBO, IBF, and WBA titles. First, however, is a scheduled December 5 “stay busy” bout with Donovan George.
“Pascal is focused on fighting Donovan George on Dec. 6,” Leon told The Sweet Science. “Once he takes care of that business, his next fight will be for a world title. We have no problem or preference with either of the two champions. When the time comes, the deal that makes the most sense is the one we will execute. Unlike Adonis Stevenson, Jean Pascal has never ducked anyone!”