Tavoris Cloud and Jean Pascal are having trouble finalizing a make-up date for their postponed fight. (Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime)
Tavoris Cloud and Jean Pascal were supposed to fight on August 11 on Showtime for Cloud's IBF light heavyweight title, but the fight was postponed in late July due to an injury to Pascal. Early reports were that it would be rescheduled for October 13, but Showtime has a Golden Boy Promotions show in the works for that night (countering the Donaire-Nishioka and Rios-Alvarado show on HBO, yay!), and there don't appear to be many slots open.
Lem Satterfield at The Ring reports that there are other issues as well:
"We have to wait to see what will happen. It's difficult. The logistics are very difficult. There are a lot of things involved. The Showtime calendar is already very heavily-booked. There is Jean Pascal's recovery, and there is Karo Murat, who is the mandatory, is asking for a lot of guarantee to step aside," said [promoter Yvon] Michel.
Michel says that the money Murat wants is "exorbitant," and also says they'll be making a decision on the Cloud-Pascal fight sometime this week.
If you ask me, it doesn't sound like we're going to get this fight in 2012. We could wind up with Cloud vs Murat, I suppose, which would be fine, and I suppose that might make its way to Wealth TV or the like.
It seems like we're getting closer and closer to Showtime being a Golden Boy-only boxing network -- if they can't find room on the schedule for a fight as promising as Cloud vs Pascal (not to mention their balk on Bute vs Froch earlier this year), what could they be looking for otherwise?