Jean Pascal

This 175-pound fighter is one the world's most athletic.

Jean Pascal Bio

  • Weight Class:Light Heavyweight
  • Record:30-4 | 17 KOs | 1 Draws
  • Hometown:Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Birthdate:October 28, 1982
  • Height:5'10.5"

A top athlete in the light heavyweight division, Jean Pascal possesses the speed to slip his opponents’ punches. His strength and conditioning allow the Haitian Canadian to stay busy and land powerful hooks in bunches.

Pascal competed in several national Canadian tournaments, compiling over 100 wins as an amateur. He participated in the 2004 Olympics for Canada as a middleweight before turning pro in February 2005.

Pascal collected 21 victories, 14 by knockout, before competing for his first world title in December 2008 against undefeated Carl Froch. Traveling to the United Kingdom to meet Froch, Pascal lost a unanimous decision with a super middleweight title on the line. He moved up to the light heavyweight division and just six months later captured a 175-pound belt against undefeated Adrian Diaconu at the Centre Bell.

Successful defenses against Silvio Branco in September 2009 and in December, a rematch against Diaconu, set a date against undefeated Chad Dawson in August 2010—Pascal’s HBO debut. Scoring an eleventh round technical decision win over Dawson, Pascal agreed to face Bernard Hopkins that December in Quebec City. The matchup resulted in a draw and Pascal agreed to a rematch in May 2011, this time losing a unanimous decision to Hopkins.

In January 2014, Pascal defeated fellow Canadian, Lucian Bute by unanimous decision at the Centre Bell in his return to HBO.

With the light heavyweight world title at stake, Pascal returned to the Centre Bell in March 2015 to face 175-pound titleholder, Sergey Kovalev. Despite pushing Kovalev to eight rounds for the third time in his career, Pascal suffered his first knockout defeat. He finished 2015 with a unanimous decision victory over Yunieski Gonzalez in July—forcing the first loss of Gonzalez’s career.

Notable Fights

Carl Froch – L UD 12

Chad Dawson – W TD 11

Bernard Hopkins – D MD 12

Lucian Bute – W UD 12

Sergey Kovalev – L TKO 8