Jean-Thenistor Pascal was born on 28 October 1982 and is a Haitian-born Canadian professional boxer.
55 Facts About Jean Pascal
Jean Pascal held the WBA light-heavyweight title from 2019 to 2021, and previously the WBC, IBO, Ring magazine and lineal light-heavyweight titles between 2009 and 2011, and challenged once for the WBC super-middleweight title in 2008.
When Pascal was four, his mother and older brother had left Haiti and settled in Laval, Quebec, just outside Montreal.
Jean Pascal played hockey and soccer, but after watching his older brother become the Quebec Boxing Champion in 1996, Jean Pascal, at 13 years of age, started to visit boxing gym "Club Champions St-Michel" once or twice every week.
Jean Pascal represented Canada as a middleweight at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002, against Paul Smith.
Jean Pascal boxed Lucas Green Arias in September 2006 at the Montreal Casino for the vacant WBC Latino title.
Jean Pascal sent Arias to the canvas with a flurry of punches in the sixth round.
Jean Pascal was unable to get up for the seventh round, making Pascal the winner.
Jean Pascal was given oxygen in the ring and then was taken to the hospital on a stretcher.
On 18 November 2006, Jean Pascal defeated Jermain Mackey by unanimous decision to win the NABO super-middleweight title.
Jean Pascal then defeated Lafarrell Bunteng by unanimous decision on 10 March 2007, defending the NABO belt.
Jean Pascal defeated Christian Cruz by technical knockout in the tenth round to retain his NABO title and win the vacant NABA and NABF titles.
Jean Pascal held his own, with both men consistently tagging each other throughout the bout.
Since the bout, Froch and Jean Pascal have become friends on a personal level and have made a promise to face each other again in the future.
Jean Pascal then moved up in weight to the light-heavyweight division to challenge the WBC light-heavyweight champion Adrian Diaconu on 19 June 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Jean Pascal won the bout and the title by a unanimous decision.
Jean Pascal defended his WBC light-heavyweight title for the first time on 25 September 2009 against the WBC's mandatory challenger, aged Italian veteran Silvio Branco, retaining his title with a tenth round stoppage.
Five days after the fight on 16 December 2009 Jean Pascal underwent arthroscopic surgery for his right shoulder.
In June 2010, Jean Pascal re-signed a multi-million dollar contract with promoter Groupe Yvon Michel in which he was guaranteed $1,050,000 to defend his title against Chad Dawson, as well as another $1,500,000 guaranteed in the fight following Dawson, which happened to be Bernard Hopkins.
Jean Pascal has become the first Canadian boxer to receive more than a million dollars for a fight in Canada.
Jean Pascal dominated the early action and worked well in the middle rounds but seemed to tire late and get frequently caught by the favored Dawson.
Jean Pascal won the fight by a technical decision part way through the eleventh round due to an accidental head butt that caused a major cut over Dawson's right eye and was stopped by the ring-side doctor.
In preparation for the fight, Jean Pascal spent forty days training in Miami.
Jean Pascal started strong in the fight, scoring two knockdowns in the first three rounds.
Jean Pascal moved up fifty-one places on the list, compared to his 2009 ranking of 65.
Hopkins later criticized Jean Pascal's performance, claiming that Jean Pascal took more damage during the fight and that he clinched frequently.
Jean Pascal defended his performance by noting the two knockdowns he scored early in the fight and defending the legitimacy of the judges.
Jean Pascal then expressed that he was unsatisfied with the decision and preferred to have won the fight rather than settle with a draw.
Jean Pascal finally returned to the ring on 14 December 2012 against Aleksy Kuziemski.
Jean Pascal felt the stoppage was unfair and demanded for a rematch.
CompuBox stats showed Kovalev landed 122 of 471 punches and Jean Pascal connected on 68 of 200.
Jean Pascal was cheered on by the fans and HBO praised his performance, as he was looking to make a statement in the light heavyweight division.
Gonzalez looked to have outfought and out-landed Jean Pascal, hurting him on a couple of occasions.
CompuBox stats shows that Gonzalez landed 163 of 632 punches thrown, while Jean Pascal was the more accurate puncher landing 154 of his 397 thrown.
On 5 December 2015 it was announced that the rematch between Kovalev and Jean Pascal was set, to take place on 30 January 2016 at the Bell Centre in Montreal on HBO.
Jean Pascal announced he would fight on 16 December 2016 against 33 year old journeyman Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo at the Cogeco Amphitheater in Trois-Rivieres.
Jean Pascal stopped Ramallo in the 3rd round of their scheduled 10 round fight.
Jean Pascal knocked Ramallo down twice in the round 3 with the right hands to the head.
On 15 April 2017 it was announced that Jean Pascal could fight Colombian Eleider Alvarez for the WBC Silver light heavyweight title on the undercard of Stevenson's world title defense against Fonfara at the Centre Bell in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 3 June 2017.
Alvarez outboxed Jean Pascal, winning a majority decision after 12 rounds.
Jean Pascal felt he had done enough to get the win and wanted a rematch with Alvarez.
Jean Pascal landed a flurry of shots trapping Elbiali against the ropes.
The Montreal Journal and TVA Sports reported on 7 May 2018 that Jean Pascal, despite announcing his retirement in 2017, would return to the ring on the Adonis Stevenson vs Badou Jack undercard on 19 May in Toronto.
On 9 May, it was announced that Jean Pascal would fight 36 year old former mixed martial arts fighter and hockey enforcer Steve Bosse on 29 June 2018.
In front of around 3,300 fans, Jean Pascal dominated and stopped Bosse in round 8 of their scheduled 10 round bout.
The win meant for the first time in 12 years, dating back to 2006 that Jean Pascal recorded back-to-back stoppage wins.
Bosse tried to apply pressure on Jean Pascal but was dropped once in round 3.
Jean Pascal continued to land heavy shots eventually dropping Bosse down a second time in round 8.
Jean Pascal stated he would continue boxing as he had "other goals to achieve", however did not state if he would continue to fight at cruiserweight or drop back down to light heavyweight.
On 23 September, Groupe Yvon Michel announced that he had reached a deal for Jean Pascal to fight Canadian cruiserweight champion Gary Kopas in Sydney, Nova Scotia on 9 November 2018 in a 12 round bout.
On 16 October, it was reported that Jean Pascal was on the verge of returning to light heavyweight to challenge WBA champion Dmitry Bivol at the Etess Arena in Atlantic City on 24 November 2018.
On 3 August 2019, Jean Pascal faced undefeated Marcus Browne at the Barclays Center in New York.
Jean Pascal put his WBA light-heavyweight title on the line when he faced former two-division world champion Badou Jack on 28 December 2019 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on the undercard of Gervonta Davis vs Yuriorkis Gamboa.
In what was a competitive, hard-fought fight, Jean Pascal had the better start, winning the majority of the opening rounds and scoring a knockdown with a right hook in the fourth round.
Jean Pascal responded to the news, saying that he was "shocked and embarrassed".