Pascal Back in December; Cloud vs. Murat is Likely Next

By Luke Furman

The light heavyweight showdown between Jean Pascal and Tavoris Cloud will not take place in 2012, according to Pascal's promoter Yvon Michel. The fight was scheduled for August 11 in Montreal, but Pascal suffered a hand injury and withdrew from the contest.

Besides the issue of being unable to reschedule the fight on Showtime, other problems came up with the inability to secure a November date with the Bell Centre in Montreal, and Cloud's mandatory Karo Murat was pushing hard for his shot. Murat was demanding a written guarantee to face the winner and a non-refundable amount of money, likely as a step-aside fee.

The numerous issues made the rescheduling of the fight impossible, at least for 2012. Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) will now return in the month of December in Montreal. Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) will defend his IBF title against Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs), likely in November.

"We wanted to make the fight in 2012, but it was too early to do it in October and it was impossible to book the Bell Centre in November with Lucian Bute fighting [on November 3] and Georges St-Pierre [fighting on November 17]. December was a possibility, but Murat felt the delay was too long and he knew that his outlandish requests were rejected. I do not blame him, he has been waiting for a while," Michel said.

"Cloud will simply meet his obligations as a champion. I believe that Cloud should not have any difficulties with Murat. If all goes well, we will keep the same agreement, with Cloud and Showtime, and make the fight in the spring [of 2013]."

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by D-MiZe on 08-28-2012

Murat is not a good opponent, Cleverly beat him down ffs.

Comment by Tobi.G on 08-28-2012

[QUOTE=The Nephilim;12456180]Murat will beat Cloud unless King slips him the mickey.[/QUOTE] No way. I have seen at least 4 fights from Charr. This man will not beat Cloud. But hes the mandatory and wants to fight, so i have no…

Comment by El Angel on 08-27-2012

[QUOTE=King-;12458102]Agreed. This is the first real step up in competition for Kovalev, and if he beats a proven contender such as Campillo, I think he deserves a shot at one of the titleholders, especially since there isn't a clear-cut, set…

Comment by King_ on 08-27-2012

[QUOTE=El Angel;12458076]If Kovalev beats Campillo legitly and clearly, than bring it. There isn't a clear #2 in the division right now after Dawson IMO.[/QUOTE] Agreed. This is the first real step up in competition for Kovalev, and if he beats…

Comment by El Angel on 08-27-2012

[QUOTE=King-;12456220]What happens if he loses? Do you think Campillo's opponent will deserve the shot?[/QUOTE] If Kovalev beats Campillo legitly and clearly, than bring it. There isn't a clear #2 in the division right now after Dawson IMO.

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