How do you feel, a couple days after springing one of the top 10 — arguably — upsets of 2019, Jean Pascal?
”Blessed,” replied the Canadian, who was able to time New Yorker Marcus Browne and catch him with power shots that put the younger gun on skittery street, three times.
I was curious, did the 34-6-1 Pascal think this was a 50-50 fight coming in?
”Yes, because he is young, but I knew he had never been in there with someone like me,” the Canada-based hitter shared.
“I was pretty confident before the fight,” he continued, indicating that he was pretty sure he could hand Browne (23-1) his first loss as a pro.
And you knew in camp you’d be looking to land that right? Or it presented itself as opening as the rounds progressed?
”Yes, in camp, that was the money shot!”
OK, so Pascal and Co. did their studies and saw that he’d be able to land that right, timed properly.
So how did he celebrate that night?
”I took it easy! Not 21 anymore,” he said, laughing. Indeed; he’s 37 on October 28th, for the record.
And does WBA’s interim 175 champ want a rematch next?
”I won! He wants a rematch, not me,” Pascal declared. He then offered yet another example of a veteran’s savvy, this time in the realm of identifying risk-reward ratios sagely.
”If Canelo wants to test the waters at 175 pounds, I’m ready!”