Jean Pascal injured his left arm during his tune-up fight with Aleksy Kuziemski but the former light heavyweight champ still dropped the Polish veteran twice en route to a lopsided victory in Montreal on Friday.
Pascal (27-2-1, 16 knockouts) hurt his left arm or shoulder in the fourth round but using only his right arm for the next six rounds, the Haiti-born Quebec star dropped Kuziemski at the end of the sixth and at the start of the 10th, winning the 10-round bout by scores of 100-88 and 98-90 (twice).
The one-sided victory, Pascal’s first fight since losing THE RING and WBC titles to Bernard Hopkins 19 months ago, was supposed to pave the way to a rematch with reigning champ Chad Dawson in March. However, that bout could be in jeopardy depending on the severity of Pascal’s injury.
He was unable to use his left — or even raise the arm — from the fifth round until the end of the bout. However, thanks to his athleticism, timing and guts, Pascal controled the bout using only his right.
He not only scored two knockdowns but also had Kuziemski (23-5, 7 KOs) rocked at the start of the seventh and reeling by the end of that round. Pascal also hurt the 35-year-old boxer with body shots in the eighth round and had the former title challenger in trouble at the end of the ninth.