Time again for The Fight City podcast, steered by Alden Chodash, with site founder and editor Michael Carbert riding shotgun. Jam-packed episode this week as we’re talking Bivol vs Pascal; the ring legacy of Jean Pascal; quick recap of weekend action featuring Francis Lafreniere, Tony Luis and Steven Butler; looking back to Floyd Patterson vs Archie Moore; quick re-take on Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury; anticipating a very competitive match between Adonis Stevenson and Oleksandr Gvozdyk, plus an exclusive interview with Shakeel Phinn ahead of his crossroads match with Dario Bredicean. Check it out:
“And thus it’s worth taking stock of what Jean Pascal has accomplished and what a trailblazer he’s been for Canadian boxing. For American journalists and fight fans, it’s easy to look at Pascal somewhat dismissively and vaguely recall that he’s a former belt-holder and a tough guy, someone you’re generally happy to see on a card but are content to forget about when he’s inactive. I call bullshit. To us, to Canadian and Quebecois fight fans, Pascal matters.
“The laundry list of Pascal’s accomplishments is impressive and world class: 2004 Olympian; former WBC and lineal light heavyweight champion; ten world title fights (counting Bivol); an absolute murderer’s row of opponents. Pascal has boxed Carl Froch, Chad Dawson, Adrian Diaconu, Bernard Hopkins (twice), Sergey Kovalev (twice), Lucian Bute, and Eleider Alvarez. What active light heavy has faced stiffer opposition? Yes, Pascal’s record against the true elite is sub-.500, but he was always competitive and he deserves major props for besting a prime Dawson. His close decision setback to Froch is a minor classic, and even in the first Kovalev fight he rallied in the middle of the match to give all in attendance an unforgettable surge of hope.” From “Familiar Territory” by Zachary Alapi