Team Sillakh: Jean Pascal Backs Out From WBC Eliminator

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Undefeated NABF light heavyweight champion Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh, (17-0, 14 KOs), the World Boxing Council’s No.2 contender, has just been notified that he now stands by himself among the top three.

Former WBC champion Jean Pascal was ordered to fight a “final eliminator” with Sillakh
at the WBC convention and his promoter Yvon Michel accepted the order and personally
told Sillakh that they would fight.  The winner would become the “mandatory challenger” for the winner of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson rematch.

“I thought that the negotiations for the fight were going good.  Yvon told me that they were going to do it and Showtime was interested.  But I got a call on Wednesday from Yvon that Pascal has decided not to fight Sillakh, basically that Sillakh was just too young and too dangerous,” said Square Ring’s CEO John Wirt.  “That’s the second time that Pascal has pulled out of agreed to elimination bouts.

“Don’t forget that other contenders who had agreed also pulled out when it was a four-contender tournament,” Wirt continued.  “Also refusing to fight Sillakh were Zsolt Erdei and Chris Henry.  We think we have the greatest light heavyweight on the planet, and they must think so too because they all keep refusing to fight him.”

The 27-year old Sillakh, who now makes his home Southern California, was born in the Ukraine.  The rangy boxer-puncher just wants to fight for the title.

“I don’t care who they put in front of me,” Sillakh exclaimed.  “I’m starting to feel a little lonely here.  I know my promoters asked for a purse bid, but Pascal pulled out rather than face me.  I hope the WBC will consider naming me the mandatory because all of the other contenders abandoned their opportunity.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 02-18-2012

Any fighter who avoids Silliakh, I have lost all respect for like Pascal, Henry, and Erdei. The guys most likely to accept a fight with him would be Cloud and Dawson. No way Hopkins accepts a huge risk for lower…

Comment by richardt on 02-18-2012

They need to make Sillakh a mandatory so that someone will be forced to fight him. He is a spectacular fighter, smooth, fast, hits hard. I hope one of the top 175 pounders will step up and fight him.

Comment by MichaeL_Lviv on 02-18-2012

[B]- He is NOT The Black Russian!!! - He is NOT The Black Russian!!! - He is NOT The Black Russian!!! - He is NOT The Black Russian!!! - He is NOT The Black Russian!!![/B]

Comment by Bushbaby on 02-17-2012

[QUOTE=mathed;11793147]Didn't Pirog just turn down a fight with Golovkin? :thinking:[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Russian Crushin;11793225]No, he didnt[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=mathed;11793270][URL=""][/URL] Just going off of what was posted here.....then there's the shoulder injury thing with the N'Jikim fight...[/QUOTE] Damn, my main man Mathed dropping da hammer!!:owned:

Comment by mathed on 02-17-2012

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