Jean Pascal-Badou Jack was such a close, entertaining fight that they’re headed for a rematch.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Pascal and Jack have agreed to fight again in a light heavyweight championship rematch that probably will take place at some point in May. The Pascal-Jack rematch will headline a card that likely will include another light heavyweight bout between former champion Marcus Browne and Sullivan Barrera.
It hasn’t been determined which network will televise the Pascal-Jack/Browne-Barrera doubleheader. Al Haymon has deals with FOX and Showtime to broadcast his Premier Boxing Champions series.
FOX is expected to air a PBC show either May 9 or May 23. Showtime is scheduled to televise boxing the night of May 16.
Showtime televised Pascal’s compelling, split-decision victory over Jack as part of the Gervonta Davis-Yuriorkis Gamboa undercard December 28 from State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Quebec’s Pascal survived a 12th-round knockdown and Jack’s rally late in a very competitive fight to retain the WBA world light heavyweight title he won from Browne in his previous fight.
Judges Barry Lindenman and Nelson Vazquez both scored the fight 114-112 for Pascal, who dropped Jack in the fourth round. Judge Julie Lederman scored Jack a 114-112 winner.
The 37-year-old Pascal (35-6-1, 20 KOs, 1 NC) was a big underdog when he rejuvenated his career by beating Browne by technical decision August 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Pascal knocked Browne down three times – once in the fourth round and twice in the seventh round – before their scheduled 12-rounder was stopped in the eighth round due to a cut above Browne’s left eye that was caused by an accidental clash of heads. Judges Glenn Feldman, Lederman and Steve Weisfeld all had Pascal in front by the same score, 75-74, when that bout was halted by a New York State Athletic Commission physician.
The 29-year-old Browne (23-1, 16 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian from Staten Island, New York, hasn’t fought since Pascal upset him. Browne won the title Pascal took from him by out-boxing Las Vegas’ Jack (22-3-3, 13 KOs) in their 12-round fight in January 2019 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Pascal still is contractually obligated to give Browne a rematch. If Browne beats Barrera, he could face the Pascal-Jack winner in his following fight.
The Cuban-born Barrera (22-3, 14 KOs) lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Philadelphia’s Jesse Hart (26-3, 21 KOs) in his last fight, June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.