Pascal vs Kopas: Pascal will face Gary Kopas in a 12-round all-Canadian fight on Nov. 9 at the Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, promoter Yvon Michel Jean Pascal vs Gary Kopas fight is like a real-life remake of the original Rocky movie. In one corner there is a blue-collar road warrior Gary Kopas vocation as an expert boxer began off rough. His first battle as an expert he lost by means of TKO yet he went directly to a six-round Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) reached an agreement this past Friday with MG Ring Productions, to stage a fight between the former WBC light
Light heavyweight world titlist Dmitry Bivol will defend his belt on Nov. 24 at the Mark G. Etess Arena at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, just not against the opponent he expected to be facing.
Bivol will make his fourth defense against former world champion Jean Pascal, who quickly accepted the fight — announced on Tuesday — when Joe Smith Jr., who was close to a deal to face Bivol, accepted a better offer last week to instead challenge titlist Artur Beterbiev on a date to be determined in December.
Bivol-Pascal will headline a “World Championship Boxing” doubleheader on HBO (10 p.m. ET/PT). It will be one of the final fight cards on the network before HBO exits the sport at the end of the year after 45 years as the industry leader. The opening bout of the card has not yet been determined.
It will be the second major boxing card at the recently opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino since it brought big-time boxing back to Atlantic City in August for the first time since late 2014.No publisher ID given
“Our first card there on Aug. 4 was a sellout, and we expect to build on that momentum by bringing Dmitry back to be in the main event on Nov. 24,” Main Events promoter Kathy Duva said.
Bivol (14-0, 11 KOs), 27, of Russia, won his last fight on that Aug. 4 show, a lopsided unanimous decision over Isaac Chilemba, in the co-feature of Eleider Alvarez’s upset seventh-round knockout of Sergey Kovalev to win one of the light heavyweight world titles.Gary Kopas VS Jean Pascal
Now Bivol is in the main event against one of the division’s most recognizable names.
“Not too long ago, Pascal fought for three world titles and I sported on TV,” Bivol said. “Now he wants to take my title away, and I am very happy to accept this challenge and look forward to my next title defense on HBO.”
Said Vadim Kornilov, Bivol’s manager: “Jean Pascal is a name everyone has heard, and we look forward to a competitive fight with this great (former) champion.” Bivol’s aim is to eventually unify world titles after facing Pascal.Gary Kopas VS Jean Pascal
“It’s very important for me,” he said. “It’s every boxer’s dream to be the champion, the unified champion. It’s a big step to dream about — like (undisputed cruiserweight champion) Oleksandr Usyk.”
Pascal (33-5-1, 20 KOs), 35, of the Montreal suburb Laval, came out of a brief retirement in July when he moved up to cruiserweight and knocked out Quebec rival and former MMA fighter and minor league hockey player Steve Bosse in the eighth round of a novelty fight, only Bosse’s second as a pro boxer.
Pascal was scheduled to fight another cruiserweight bout against Gary Kopas on Nov. 9 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. However, that fight is off now that Pascal, who will come back down in weight, has secured a world title opportunity against Bivol.”This is the most important fight of my life and I could not be more motivated,” Pascal said. “I’m making boxing history on Nov. 24th. I’m known as a champion who never turned down any challenges, but I want to be a two-time champion and I want to be immortalized in the Hall of Fame when my career is over. To fully cement my status as a Hall of Famer, I must win this fight and I will win this fight.
“Bivol is a very good fighter and a difficult challenge, but greatness has never been achieved without overcoming difficult challenges. My Canadian fans should be very excited because all of the light heavyweight belts will be in our house for Christmas this year.”
If Pascal wins, all four major 175-pound belts could be held by Quebec-based fighters — Beterbiev, if he beats Smith; Adonis Stevenson, if he beats Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Dec. 1; and Alvarez. Pascal, the one-time WBC light-heavyweight champion, was scheduled to box on November 9 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, but a fight with Gary Kopas was canceled to allow the French-Canadian to attend the funeral of his father, Sainvoyis, who died of a heart attack in Haiti.Gary Kopas VS Jean Pascal
Before that, Pascal, 33-5-1 (20), took eight rounds to stop Steve Bosse, a mixed martial artist with only one pro boxing match to his name, on July 20.
Bivol, meanwhile, struggled to get to grips with the slippery Isaac Chilemba in August, but still won handily, and has been keen to get out again before the end of the year. The plan, BN was led to believe, was for Bivol to face Joe Smith Jr, the American best-known for ending the career of Bernard Hopkins, but Smith Jr decided to take up the opportunity to fight IBF champion Artur Beterbiev, Bivol’s countryman, instead. This left Bivol, 14-0 (11), without an opponent for a proposed November date and is what presumably motivated the call to Pascal and his team.
Now, if reports are to be believed, Bivol vs. Pascal will land on HBO and should make for an interesting clash between light-heavyweight champions young and old. On Saturday, November 24, in a fight televised game on HBO Championship Boxing from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11 KOs), the 27-year-old assassin from St. Petersburg, Russia, will defend his title against former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (33-5-1, 20 KOs), the 35-year-old veteran from Laval, Quebec, Canada, by way of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.Gary Kopas VS Jean Pascal
Pascal was slated to fight Gary Kopas (10-11-2, 5 KOs), a 39-year-old journeyman from Saskatchewan, on November 9 in Sydney, Australia. But Lady Luck intervened and Pascal’s farewell tour has taken a turn for the better. A stylish boxer-puncher who flirted with greatness in his prime, Pascal only came up short against the crème de la crème. He lost to Carl Froch in 2008, Bernard Hopkins in 2011, Sergey Kovalev in 2015 and 2016, and a majority decision loss to Eleider Alvarez last year.
Pascal has lost three of his last seven fights going back to 2015 but comes into the bout with Bivol having stopped his last two opponents, both of whom were undefeated. Pascal has had a distinguished career and is on the downside, but he is still a dangerous fighter.
“It’s very important for me,” said Bivol about fighting Pascal. “It’s every boxer’s dream to be the champion, the unified champion. It’s a big step to dream about.
“I view Pascal as a dangerous opponent,” Bivol told Vasily Konov. “Yes, he’s probably not the strongest in our division, but this is a person with a good name. And let’s not forget that it was very difficult to find an opponent, we were even nervous that nobody would take the fight.
“For example, there was Joe Smith, who first at first agreed, and then went the other way. And Pascal accepted this fight…
“I wouldn’t say that he is weaker than Chilemba or Barrera. This is a slightly different boxer. The most important thing is that people know Pascal. He’s someone who believes in his power, and for me that’s good. A lot of people will see this fight. In general, Pascal cannot be dismissed. This is a former world champion. Accordingly, this is a boxer of a certain level with a certain level of experience. And, we must not forget that this is boxing, and anything can happen.”
Another title shot for Pascal, should he lose to Bivol, is unlikely. Simply put, it’s now or never.Gary Kopas VS Jean Pascal
“This is the most important fight of my life and I could not be more motivated,” he said. “I’m making boxing history on November 24th. I’m known as a champion who never turned down any challenges, but I want to be a two-time champion and I want to be immortalized in the Hall of Fame when my career is over. To fully cement my status as a Hall of Famer, I must win this fight and I will win this fight.”The decision for Bivol to face Pascal came after IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev chose to defend his title against Joe Smith Jr. on DAZ. Bivol vs. Beterbiev would have been a great fight for the boxing fans. Instead. Bivol will face the 35-year-old Pascal, and Beterbiev will defend against Smith Jr. The outcomes of those two fights are predictable.Gary Kopas VS Jean Pascal
HBO will be getting out of boxing at the end of 2018. It was thought that the October 27 card headlined by Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko would be their last official televised card, Gary Kopas VS Jean Pascalbut it’s now clear that they’re going to be televising boxing in November with Bivol vs. Pascal, and potentially a card in December with WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia and super flyweight Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez sharing the card in separate fights.
Pascal was planning on fighting 39-year-old journeyman Gary Kopas (10-11-2, 5 KOs) on November 9 in Sydney, but instead, he’ll be getting a title shot against Bivol. Pascal has won his last two fights against Steve Bosse and Ahmed Elbiali (17-1, 14 KOs). Pascal was expected to lose to the hard-hitting 28-year-old Elbiali last December. Pascal showed a lot of heart and determination to score a 6th round knockout over Elbiali. That fight was supposed to be Pascal’s final before retiring, but his performance showed that he still has a lot left in the tank. However, Pascal is going to be up against it when he faces the 27-year-old Bivol, as this is a much tougher opponent than Elbiali.