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Jean Pascal: ‘People said that I was finished, but I proved them wrong’

Jean Pascal
Jean Pascal tells Paul Wheeler why he's proved he's truly back with a vengeance

When and why you started boxing:
I grew up playing hockey and soccer. I only started boxing when I was 13 to follow in the footsteps of my older brother, Nicholson Poulard.

Favourite all-time fighter:
Roy Jones Jnr. He’s been a great mentor to me over the years.

Best fight you’ve seen:
Arturo Gatti-Micky Ward I. I remember watching it on TV in Puerto Rico. Everyone was expecting a good fight and it certainly lived up to that.

Personal career highlight:
Beating Badou Jack in my last fight [sd 12 – December 2019]. The victory put a stamp on my legacy and let the world know that I’m truly back with a vengeance.

Toughest opponent:
Carl Froch back in December 2008 [l ud 12]. He was solid and he punched like he had rocks in his gloves. I have a lot of respect for him as a boxer.

Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My strengths are my guts, chin and heart. I won’t tell you my weaknesses!

Training tip:
Quality over quantity. People think that the more they do in training, the better the outcome. That’s not always the case.

Jean Pascal

Favourite meal/restaurant:
I love seafood – lobster, shrimp, scampi, you name it. As for a favourite restaurant, I like too many to name just one.

Best friends in boxing:
My manager, Greg Leon. Over the last decade it’s become more than just business with us. We look out for each other like family.

Other sportsman you would like to be:
Nobody.

Last film/TV show you saw:
Bad Boys II with my daughter. I’m glad she’s at an age now where we can enjoy some of the same movies.

Who would play you in a film of your life:
Cuba Gooding Jnr because people say that we look alike.

Have you ever been starstruck:
I’ve met a lot of famous people but I’ve never been starstruck by anyone.

Last time you cried:
When my dad passed away on October 9, 2018. That was a difficult time for me.

Best advice received:
To protect myself at all times.  

Worst rumour about yourself:
People said that I was finished, but I proved them wrong.

Something not many people know about you:
I’m super shy. When I go into the ring in front of a huge audience or do media interviews, I’m just focused on the task, so you’d never guess.

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