Jean Pascal dismisses Adonis Stevenson as ‘irrelevant’

Jean Pascal inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

During a recent conversation with former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, the confident Haitian-born Canadian star dissed his countryman Adonis Stevenson.

Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) will look to bounce back into the championship ranks on March 14 when he tangles with the division’s IBF/WBA/WBO champion Sergey Kovalev on HBO in Quebec.

Kovalev vs. Pascal is one of several good matches slated for the first quarter of 2015 and surely the boxing world will be clamoring for the winner to meet up with Stevenson soon afterwards.

And while Stevenson broke out with a huge 2013 campaign, his star status took a hit last year due to public criticism over the direction of his career and his inability to land a high-profile opponent.

“This guy is irrelevant for me and for the boxing community,” Pascal said of Stevenson. “Because they know he’s been ducking everybody. You’re not a champion because you hold a belt. ¬†We call those boxers beltholders. To be a champ is a mindset, a way of living, a lifestyle.

“You need to face the best to prove that you’re the best,” Pascal added. “You can’t claim you’re the best if you don’t face the best.”

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