JEAN PASCAL RETURNS ON BIG MONTREAL CARD DEC. 14
Press Release: Ex-world light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs), of Quebec, Canada, is returning to the ring on Friday, December 14th at Montreal's Bell Centre. Pascal will face Aleksy "Ali" Kuziemski (23-4, 7 KOs). David Lemieux (27-2-1, 26 KOs), fights a middleweight opponent to soon be announced in the ten-round co-feature. Also on the card will be a light heavyweight bout pitting Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (10-0, 6 KOs) against heavy-handed Colombian Edison "Pantera" Miranda (35-8, 30 KOs) in a twelve rounder. WealthTV will televise in the United States.
Pascal hasn't fought since losing on points to Bernard Hopkins in May of 2011 at a packed Bell Centre. Should he beat Kuziemski, Pascal has two options for 2013: the first is a fight on Showtime against IBF champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) in February, the other a rematch against WBC titlist Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs) on HBO in March. Before he challenges for another world title, Pascal needs a win to return to the various association's rankings, a position he lost due to his prolonged absence. "After a few unsuccessful tries," Pascal said "I know that this time is correct. My training is going well, my health is excellent, and I started hurting my sparring partners in training. In 2013, I will be world champion, crushing anybody who tries to stop me."
Kuziemski has a lot of experience in amateur boxing having won a bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. He (Poland) and Pascal (Canada) participated in the 2004 Olympic in Athens, Greece. Kuziemski lost on points to current WBA belt holder Beibut Shumenov. A veteran of 27 professional, Kuziemski held the prestigious European title from 2008 to 2009. He unsuccessfully challenged for world title twice, getting stopped in the 11th round by Juergen Braehmer (38-2, 30 KOs), and in the fourth by WBO titlist Nathan Cleverly (24-0, 11 KOs) last year.
Kuziemski won his last fight in March of this year against Leo Tchoula (9-2, 8 KO) by second-round technical knockout in Poland. "Kuziemski is a solid professional who learned to box in the great Polish amateur system that has been very successful in Europe," GYM president Yvon Michel said. He also fought in World Championship. He certainly has the tools, maturity, and experience to provide a solid examination for our boxer (Pascal)."
In Miranda, Alvarez faces the stiffest test of his young career in the 43-fight veteran, 31-year-old Miranda. Miranda wanted Pascal as his opponent and he was promised a shot, if he defeats his Dec. 14th opponent. Since his third-round, technical knockout loss to Lucian Bute for the IBF super middleweight title in 2010, Miranda moved up to fight in light heavyweight division. Although he's lost three of his last five fights at 175-pounds, Miranda's power and Kamikaze-style of fighting represents a constant danger to everyone and keeps spectators fascinated. Alvarez's coach, Marc Ramsay, commented, "A while ago, 'Storm' asked me to fight Miranda because he hates his attitude and personality. This will be a very personal fight for him; a very emotional battle ahead!"
Also in action in the Dec. 14th event are welterweight Kevin Bizier (18-0, 13 KOs) and super featherweight Logan McGuinness (18-0-1, 9 KOs). GYM will present a total of seven professional fights with more details coming shortly.