Jean Pascal Upsets Chad Dawson, Unifies WBC/IBO Titles

By Mark Vester

At the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, heavy underdog WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1, 16KOs) won an upset eleven round technical decision over previously undefeated and pound for pound ranked Chad Dawson (29-1, 17KOs). Pascal added Dawson's IBO title to his waist. The scores were 108-101, 106-103 and 106-103, all for Pascal.

Pascal used movement and quick flurries to take several of the early rounds. Dawson got rocked and his knees shook when Pascal caught him with a hard right in the seventh. In the eight, Pascal's right hand rocked Dawson again and shook his knees. Dawson was forced to hold on to get out of trouble. Pascal badly hurt Dawson in the ninth, shaking him up against the ropes. Dawson fought his way out of trouble.

In the eleventh, Dawson came out strong and started beating up Pascal against the ropes. Pascal was badly hurt and looked like he was going to take a knee. During the action, there was a very bad clash of heads that opened up a deep gash above Dawson's right eye. The doctor took one look and quickly stopped the fight. 

On the undercard, undefeated lightweight prospect Arash Usmanee (6-0, 3KOs) stopped journeyman Hugo Pacheco (11-16) in the second round of a scheduled four rounder. Usmanee, 28-years-old, will not have to wait long to get back in the ring. He returns to action on September 18 at the Claude-Robillard Center in Montreal.

Prospect Kevin Lavallee (2-0, 2KOs) stopped Genaro Garcia (9-9, 6KOs) in the second round of super featherweight.

In the first upset of the night, fringe heavyweight Rubin Rivera (3-4, 1KOs) dropped and took away the unbeaten streak of prospect Wayne John (4-1, 2KOs) with a six round split decision. One judge had a ridiculous score of 59-55 for the hometown fighter John, and the others sided with Rivera handing down scores of 57-56.

Junior welterweight Dierry Jean (18-0, 12KOs) continued his unbeaten run by battering Antonio Soriano (15-12-2) for six rounds before the journeyman decided to call it a day.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dempsey52 on 08-15-2010

Congrats to Jean Pascal on a much deserved victory. I was rooting for Chad but couldn't help but notice he looked a little gun shy. There were SOOOOOO many chances that Chad had when he could take the fight into…

Comment by TOBYLEE1 on 08-15-2010

[QUOTE=ugly2000;9042579]Another week and another over hyped fighter exposed. How did Dawson ever beat Adamek and how did Froch beat Pascal?[/QUOTE] Real simple, styles make fights. Chad was not over hyped, Pascal came with a plan and executed it taking advantage…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 08-15-2010

It was kind of a boring fight. Pascal would only fight in spurts and Dawson was hardly punching at all. Maybe this will teach Chad a lesson and he will let his hands go more from now on. When he…

Comment by Vadrigar. on 08-15-2010

Didn't get to see the fight. How did everyone find it?

Comment by jetgeomcx on 08-15-2010

seems bad chad got it going...until the headbutt. does it look like intentional?? a rematch is a neutral ground.

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