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Tavoris Cloud-Jean Pascal Still A Real Possibility For December 17th - Pascalís Promoter Says No Way Is His Man Scared

By James Slater: For a while now, there have been ongoing negotiations regarding the making of a Tavoris Cloud-Jean Pascal light-heavyweight clash. The bout is in the works for December 17th, with Quebec, Canada being the likely venue. However, as has been revealed on Ringtv.com, Al Bonani, trainer of unbeaten IBF champ Cloud, has expressed concern that Pascal may be reluctant to take the fight.

In another piece on the official web site of The Bible Of Boxing, Yvon Michel, promoter of Pascal, made it clear that in no way is the former light-heavyweight champion of the world scared of Cloud.

ďContrary to what Al Bonani says, Jean Pascal wants to fight Tavoris Cloud,Ē Michel said. ďHeís not afraid of anybody. Although Cloud has a belt around him, he hasnít got the stature of Jean Pascal. If you look at Pascalís resume, he has fought much higher quality of opponents than Cloud has.Ē

Itís true that Pascal has been in with a true great in Bernard Hopkins, and a possible future great in Carl Froch - but Pascal lost to both men (whilst also picking up a controversial draw with B-Hop). To date, the 11th-round TD win he scored over Chad Dawson remains Pascalís best win. But, though Cloud may not have Pascalís overall experience, he has earned hugely useful wins himself - over the likes of Glen Johnson, Julio Cesar Gonzalez and Clinton Woods. And 29-year-old Cloud, 23-0(19), as the saying goes, doesnít know HOW to lose. As physically and mentally strong as he is, the Floridian could well prove to be the returning Pascalís worst nightmare.

Badly needing a win as he is after those two embarrassing nights with ďThe Executioner,Ē 28-year-old Pascal, 26-2-1(16) will deserve many plaudits if he indeed agrees to get it on with someone as tough as Cloud in his return. If this fight does come off, the real winners will be the fans, however.

Both men have an exciting, pleasing style (Pascalís two encounters with B-Hop aside; due to how Hopkins refused to fight Pascalís fight), and if matched together the leather would surely fly in a major way. Pascal has already given us one absolute classic, with his points loss to Froch. That fight was sensational, and Pascal-Cloud could turn out to be as good.

Neither guy has ever been stopped, and neither guy is a great pure boxer; both men instead being equipped to rumble. The war would be on on December 17th, thatís for sure.

HBO and the teams of both fighters are in talks: letís hope the fight is made.

Article posted on 22.08.2011



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