The promoter of Canada’s Jean Pascal has confirmed an initial report by RingTV.com that the former RING and WBC light heavyweight champ has suffered an injury to his right hand which has forced the postponement of a Showtime-televised bout with IBF beltholder Tavoris Cloud of Tallahassee, Fla., that was scheduled for Aug. 11 at The Belle Centre in Montreal.
Pascal (26-2-1, 16 knockouts) hurt the hand “about a week and a half ago” during a workout when his right hand hit the head of one of his sparring partners, according to his promoter, Yvon Michel.
Michel said that a press conference has been scheduled for Wednesday morning in Montreal to formally announce the situation, adding that he is working with Cloud’s promoter, Don King, as well as Showtime in an attempt to reschedule the fight for sometime in October.
“It’s confirmed. In sparring, he injured his right hand. It’s a minor bone contusion. I don’t have the exact medical word. He tried to fight through it. He had some cortisone shots, and there was a hope that it was going to heal this week,” said Michel.
“But on Tuesday, he had another MRI and the doctor said that it’s impossible. He didn’t give him the medical clearance. The doctor said that his right hand needs to rest for at least three weeks and then you can resume training and using it. It’s not a major injury. It’s relatively minor, but it’s something that we were not able to overcome.”
Pascal has fought through injury before, having endured a disclocated shoulder which separated at least twice over the course of a unanimous decision over Adrian Diaconu in December of 2009.
“He really tried to convince us that he was going to be able to beat Tavoris Cloud. You recall that he had a dislocated shoulder three times in the fight with Adrian Diaconu, and in that fight, he more or less won with one hand. Jean told us that he could do the same with Tavoris Cloud, beat him with one hand,” said Michel.
“But It’s one thing to be injured sparring before a fight, and another to be injured during the fight. So Jean is 29 years old, and he’s at his peak. No way that we were going to let him go into the ring with Tavoris Cloud injured and not being able to use all of his tools to win the fight. So with all of the information that we had, it was unanimous that we had to postpone the fight.”
The arose wtih Tuesday’s sudden cancelation of a national conference call to promote Pascal’s clash with Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), who is ranked No. 3 behind the No. 2-rated Pascal in THE RING’s ratings.
When he was made aware of the news, Cloud was still in preparation under chief trainer, Al Bonani, at the Don King Training Camp in Orwell, Ohio, according to promoter Don King’s Vice President of Public Relations, Alan Hopper.
“We are working with Showtime, Don King and the Belle Centre to find a suitable date for everybody,” said Michel. “Showtime, Team Cloud and Don King have been committed to rescheduling the fight on a date that works for everybody. We’re talking about October, but Showtime says that it’s a challenge. But we are looking at October.”
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