Jean Pascal : Beating Dmitry Bivol Makes Me The Man In The Division.
Former WBC 175-pound champion Jean Pascal (33-5-1, 20 KOs, 1 NC) will challenge Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11 KOs) for Bivol’s WBA title, aiming to test and also become a World Champion again.
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Pascal has fought Sergey Kovalev twice, Eleider Alvarez and big fights against Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins twice during the prime but believes Dimitri Bivol is the best light heavyweight in their division at the moment.
“Honestly, I don’t think he has been tested yet,” Pascal told BoxingScene.com about Bivol on Wednesday. “But I know for a fact that he is a good fighter. He’s young, he’s fresh. Right now, I think he has the best tools in the division. So that makes him the best fighter in the division. He’s the youngest one and he’s the one with the best tools. And he’s the fresher one as well.”
Bivol is obviously the youngest of the light heavyweight champions, Adonis Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KOs), who owns the WBC title, is 41. Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs) WBO title holder is 34 and Artur Beterbiev (13-0, 13 KOs), the IBF title-holder, is 33. While contenders Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) is 35, Oleksandr Gvozdyk (15-0, 12 KOs) is 31.
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Though Bivol has not been tested by those fighters above, he is tipped by Pascal to defeat those fighters, any time those fights materialize but even with that sees Bivol, as an imperfect fighter, with mistakes.
“If you do the math, it’s simple,” Pascal said. “Max Kellerman said Bivol is the man in the division. Max Kellerman said Dmitry Bivol is the best light heavyweight champion right now. If you do the math, if I beat the man, I am the man. So it’s gonna be a big statement for me.”
“Nobody’s perfect,” Pascal said. “Even the great Roy Jones was not perfect. Ali wasn’t perfect. Tyson wasn’t perfect. So everybody has weaknesses. But tune in to HBO Saturday night and I’ll show you his weaknesses.”