Jean Pascal is rooting for Sergey Kovalev against Bernard Hopkins
Pascal’s next two fights were against Hopkins, the latter, in May 2011, when a 46-year-old Hopkins won THE RING and WBC championships by unanimous decision.
Although Hopkins lost the championships by majority decision to Dawson in April 2012, he eclipsed his own record in March 2013, when the then-48-year-old dethroned Tavoris Cloud as IBF titleholder by unanimous decision.
In his last bout in April, Hopkins scored a unanimous decision win that took the WBA belt from Beibut Shumenov.
In his last fight in August, Kovalev, 31, rose from a first-round knockdown against Blake Caparello, whom he floored three times in the second and final round of a technical knockout win.
The win represented Kovalev’s 13th knockout in 14 fights, including a fourth-round stoppage that dethroned previously unbeaten WBO beltholder Nathan Cleverly in August 2013.
“Both times he got lucky. He got a draw and then a close decision against me, so I don’t think that he wants no part of me any more. So he’s probably going to try to run from me if he wins. So, business-wise, I’m going to root for Kovalev but I’m not going to be surprised if Hopkins wins the fight.”
Pascal’s future, meanwhile, could include a fight against RING champion Adonis Stevenson at the Bell Centre in Montreal, which has been placed on hold for a potential April 4 showdown between them, according to Stevenson’s promoter, Yvon Michel.
First, however, Pascal is scheduled to face Donovan George on Dec. 6 on the undercard of a main event featuring former IBF super middleweight titleholder Lucian Bute against Roberto Bolonti. After that, Stevenson, 37, is slated for a Dec. 19 date with Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky in Quebec City.
Pascal won his last fight in January by unanimous decision over Bute, representing his third straight win since losing to Hopkins. During that time, Pascal has also scored a unanimous decision over Aleksy Kuziemski and a fifth-round knockout of George Blades.
“I’m still the best and I mean that with no disrespect to all of the fighters in the light heavyweight division,” said Pascal. “I really think that I am the best fighter in the division and I just want to show the world that I am the best fighter in the division.”