After 17 months of inactivity former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal of Laval (Quebec, Canada), returns to the ring on Friday, December 14 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The 30 year-old also insists he will be world champion again and will crush anyone who tries to stop him.
Fans of the popular Fast & Furious Boxing Series will benefit from return of the world rated Pascal, who will face Aleksy "Ali" Kuziemski (23-4, 7 KOs) in the second of the four bouts featured on the Fast & Furious Series 3.0.
Pascal hasn’t fought since losing on points to Bernard Hopkins in May of 2011 at a packed Bell Centre. The former champ has two option proposals for 2013: the first is a fight on Showtime against International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) in February, the other a rematch against WBC champion Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs) on HBO in March.
Before he challenges for another world championship, Pascal must return to the various association’s rankings, a position he lost due to his prolonged absence. Only an impressive victory against Kuziemski will give Pascal optimism for 2013. "After a few unsuccessful tries,” Pascal said “I know that this time is correct. My training is going well, my health is excellent, and I started hurting my sparring partners in training. In 2013, I will be world champion, crushing anybody who tries to stop me.”
Kuziemski has a lot of experience as an amateur having won a bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. He (Poland) and Pascal (Canada) participated in the 2004 Olympic in Athens, Greece. Kuziemski lost on points to current World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Beibut Shumenov. He unsuccessfully challenged for the world title twice, stopped in the 11th round by former World Boxing Organization (WBO) light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (38-2, 30 KOs), and in the fourth by reigning WBO titlist Nathan Cleverly (24-0, 11 KOs) last year.
November 5, 2012