Bill Tibbs breaks down the light heavyweight fight between Jean Pascal and Badou Jack
Who: Jean Pascal vs. Badou Jack
What: 12-rounds / Semi-main event / Mayweather Promotions
When: Saturday December 28
Where: Atlanta, Georgia - State Farm Arena / ShowTime Network
Why?: WBA Light heavyweight championship
While this fight has been brewing under the radar somewhat it is an excellent match that should see some fireworks. The bout might just steal the show from the nights main event that sees former champion Yuriorkis Gamboa taking on the undefeated Gervonta Davis for the WBA light weight title. With both fighters coming into the bout working in their late 30’s they know that a win leads to bigger and better things and a loss is a huge setback so motivation is not a factor for both fighters.
Resume - Jean Pascal: Age 37, (34-6-1, 20 KO’s), Quebec, Canada’s Pascal is a former WBC light heavyweight champion and the current WBA light heavyweight champion. Pascal won his first title over a decade ago and has a deep resume that has seen him face Carl Froch, Adrian Diaconu, Chad Dawson, Bernard Hopkins, Lucien Bute, Sergey Kovalev, Eleider Alvarez, Dmitry Bivol and Marcus Browne whom he beat last August to pic up the WBA, 175-pound title.
Resume - Badou Jack: Age 36, (22-2-3, 13 KO’s), Las Vegas, Nevada’s Jack is a former WBC super middleweight and WBA light heavyweight world champion. Jack has a resume that has seen him face Anthony Dirrell, George Groves, Lucien Bute, James DeGale, Nathan Cleverly, Adonis Stevenson and Marcus Browne.
Last 5: Pascal is 2-3 in his last 5 including the title winning effort against Browne last August with the combined records of his last 5 opponents being 76-0. Jack comes into the fight after going 2-2-1 but has been out of the ring for close to a year.
Jean Pascal: “Badou Jack is a solid fighter with great defense and good attack. I’ve had a great camp in Puerto Rico. I’ve been away from my family for three months and I’m war ready. I’ve been fighting at the highest level for the last 11 years. That means something. I’m a special fighter. I have things that nobody can teach, which is a chin and a heart.”
Badou Jack: “I think Pascal can bring the best out of me on Saturday night. Styles make fights and I think our styles will mesh. I was flat against Marcus Browne, regardless of the cut, but I feel much better this time than I did heading into that fight. Pascal and I both come to fight. Marcus Browne is a southpaw and he’s more evasive. So it’s hard to compare. Pascal is a tough guy and I expect nothing less than a tough fight. All of the close decisions (draws) I’ve had in the past, everyone who watched those fights knows that those were wins. Saturday night I’m going to win and there will be no doubt”.
Prediction: Jean Pascal UD 12