Former champ Jean Pascal pulls out of fight; future uncertain

Canadian boxer Jean Pascal had his September fight with American Tavoris Cloud cancelled by his...

Canadian boxer Jean Pascal had his September fight with American Tavoris Cloud cancelled by his Montreal promoters. (Jocelyn Malette/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:14 PM ET

MONTREAL - Former boxing champion Jean Pascal has been dropped by his Montreal promoters, leading to the cancellation of his scheduled fight with American Tavoris Cloud.

Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) claims Pascal wasn't happy with his purse, a claim Pascal denies.

Pascal tells QMI Agency that GYM and co-promoter Interbox weren't managing his career properly.

"For two or three weeks I felt the situation wasn't good with GYM, InterBox and my fight with Tavoris Cloud," Pascal said. "The press conferences were always getting cancelled, postponed."

The Pascal-Cloud fight had been scheduled for Sept. 27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

GYM president Yvon Michel said that Pascal didn't like his cut of the purse.

"The contract for the fight with Tavoris Cloud had been signed for three weeks," said Michel. "Advance ticket sales had already started, everything was done, everything was ready. And when everything was signed, (Pascal) demanded more money than what was had been in his deal with GYM and InterBox for four months.

"It's a shame, because we were able to convince the U.S. Showtime network to buy the event and broadcast the fight."

Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO) denies he was unhappy with the purse and says he simply wasn't a priority for his handlers. He hasn't fought since January when he defeated fellow Montrealer Lucian Bute.

"I wanted to fight in June, I was ready, but they decided to put me aside," Pascal said. "I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees."

Pascal had been on the comeback trail ever since he lost his WBC light-heavyweight belt to Bernard Hopkins in 2011 but even he seems uncertain about his future.

"For now, I don't have a plan," Pascal said. "I am my own promoter."


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