Jean Pascal faces Donovan George on December 6th on Bute-Bolonti card in Montreal, Canada
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) will be fighting the hard hitting super middleweight Don George (26-4-2, 22 KOs) on December 6th on the undercard of the Lucian Bute vs. Roberto Bolonti fight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
It’s not a particularly great fight, but neither is the Bute-Bolonti fight. Both of them stack up to be mismatches. If you’re into seeing mismatches then this is the fight card for you, because I can’t see either of these fights as being competitive.
The Bute-Bolonti fight isn’t a great one, because Bolonti was recently beaten by Tony Bellew and Jurgen Braehmer in one-sided losses. Don George was beaten by Adonis Stevenson and Caleb Truax recently.
It appears the idea behind the 31-year-old Pascal fighting George, who isn’t ranked in the top 15 at 168, is to show the difference between Pascal and the current WBC 175 pound champion Adonis Stevenson, who knocked George out in 12 rounds two years ago. That’s about the whole reason for the Pascal-George fight, as far as I can tell. Also, it gives Pascal a chance to stay busy while he waits for Stevenson to fight him one of these days.
Pascal currently holds the WBC light heavyweight Diamond strap that he won last January after he beat Bute by a 12 round unanimous decision.
Pascal has fought only once per year since 2011. This will be the first year since 2011 that he’s fought more than one time. I can only imagine what kind of champion Pascal will be if he does capture the WBC light heavyweight title from Stevenson. I’d hope that he’d at least defend the title twice per year, because otherwise he could sit on that title for many years if all he’s going to do is defend it once a year against someone like Don George.
“I am very happy to be fighting George,” Pascal said. “He took Adonis Stevenson to the 12th round and I plan to do better so that fight fans can use this as a measuring stick for an eventual fight between Stevenson and I.”
Pascal, with his company Pascal Promotions, signed a multi-fight deal with InterBox for four fights.
Hopefully, Pascal chooses to mix it up against George on December 6th because this fight could turn out to be a boring one if Pascal is chooses to stay on the outside and flick jabs all night and play it safe.
Pascal’s stock really dropped badly after he was beaten by Bernard Hopkins in 2011 in losing his WBC 175 pound title. Since that loss, Pascal has beaten Aleksy Kuziemski, George Blades and Bute. He hasn’t fought anyone that you can call a good fighter since his loss to Hopkins.
It’ll be interesting to see if Pascal chooses to fight the likes of Sergey Kovalev or Beterbiev in the future if he can pick up the WBC title in a fight against Stevenson.