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Jean Pascal fails drug test, out of June 6 rematch with Badou Jack

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The best reason for hardcore boxing fans to buy the Showtime PPV is gone.

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Kevin Iole reports that Jean Pascal is out of his scheduled June 6 rematch with Badou Jack, which was to be the key co-feature for the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul exhibition PPV, with Pascal failing a drug test for the steroids epitrenbolone, drostanolone, and drostanolone metabolite A.

The 38-year-old Pascal (35-6-1, 20 KO) and the 37-year-old Jack (23-3-3, 13 KO) fought in Dec. 2019 in a terrific bout, a Fight of the Year contender with a lot of big swings and drama. The rematch was a decent reason for diehard boxing fans who may not be interested in an “entertainment” main event to spend $50 and see a relevant fight, but obviously now that’s gone.

Jack says he’ll still be fighting on June 6 against a replacement opponent, but given they’ve got a week to find one, don’t expect much there:

There will probably be an explanation from Team Pascal coming soon, as there always is — someone ate some weird food and it happened to be right around a fight, there was a tainted energy drink, etc. It’s worth noting that Pascal has in the past been a vocal proponent for strict drug testing.