By Jake Donovan
Plans for a clash between former light heavyweight champs Jean Pascal and Tavoris Cloud are once again back on the table. Both camps are attempting to finalize terms by mid-July for a bout tentatively scheduled for September 27, according to TVA Sports in Canada.
Talks were confirmed by GYM Promotions head Yvon Michel, Pascal's promoter. No further comment was offered, other than acknlowedging continued discussion with Don King, who promotes Cloud.
The bout was once targeted for August 2012, back when Cloud was still an unbeaten light heavyweight titlist. A hand injury suffered by Pascal resulted in the card - which was to air on Showtime - being scrapped and never rescheduled due to several conflicting dates.
Cloud (24-2, 19KOs) has since fallen on hard times. The sculpted Floridian landed on the wrong side of history last March, dropping a 12-round decision to Bernard Hopkins, who - with the win - became the oldest fighter in boxing history (48 years old at the time) to win a major title.
The setback was followed by the first stoppage loss of his career, when he was forced to quit on his stool after seven one-sided rounds at the lethal hands of lineal light heavyweight king Adonis Stevenson.
Pascal (29-2, 17KOs) has seen his career move in the opposite direction—upwards—since that time. Such a bout would have come more than a year after his own infamous moment with Hopkins, conceding the lineal light heavyweight champion to the then-45 year old in their May '11 rematch. Pascal went idle afterwards, showing up at ringside for various light heavyweight fights, but never quite landing a role in one.
The 31-year old has since won three straight fights, including a 12-round win over Lucian Bute this past January in Montreal, where the majority of his career has taken place.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox