As was reported a couple of weeks ago, Jean Pascal is ending his short retirement from boxing with a return fight on June 29 in Laval, Quebec, where he’ll be facing former UFC fighter and hockey player Steve Bosse in a 10-round bout at cruiserweight.
Pascal, 35 and the former light heavyweight champion of the world, will be facing a one-fight novice in his return to the boxing ring, and gave reasons on Thursday why he was coming back to the sport:
“I don’t want to have no regrets and that is why I came back. I take this fight very seriously. I am already in the gym and I will have a good training camp. I found back the love for my sport. ... I always wanted to fight a heavyweight. Steve is the perfect opponent to test myself (because) he is a big guy who was 224 pounds in his last fight.”
Pascal (32-5-1, 19 KO) has been an inconsistent fighter over his career, but he’s a high-level professional boxer taking on a guy with one fight. He’s going to be the huge favorite here, and the fight is being sold on its potential as a slugfest, which is fair enough.
As for Bosse (1-0, 1 KO), our own Patrick L. Stumberg said of him, “He’s got a good punch, but his striking technique was middle-of-the-road even by MMA standards. Literally the only thing he has going for him here is size.”
Sounds like a fight!