Earlier this month the IBF ordered Artur Beterbiev to fight the next available contender in an eliminator bout for their light heavyweight title - a title currently held by Sergey Kovalev. The list of those who've already declined the fight includes: Bernard Hopkins, Isaac Chilemba, Erik Skoglund, Andrzej Fonfara and Seanie Monaghan. Now Jean Pascal is next in line.
Pascal has until August 21st to decide if he wants to take the fight, with the winner becoming the next mandatory for Kovalev next year.
"In the eliminator for the IBF light heavyweight title, the New Yorker Sean Monaghan declined the invitation to face Artur Beterbiev (IBF # 2). The next ranked contender by the IBF and available is Jean Pascal (IBF # 8). The deadline for response is 21 August," said Beterbiev's handlers GYM.
Note that Pascal has already been stopped by Kovalev via 8th round TKO this past March, and although he's been vocal about wanting a rematch, we'll see here how much he really wants to go for a sequel by this Friday.