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Monday, December 15, 2014

Is Tarver In The Hunt?




There is no doubt that one of the most interesting storylines in the current landscape of the Heavyweight division is unified IBF/WBO/WBA/IBO Heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko’s march towards Boxing history. A consistent topic of discussion following a Klitschko title defense over the years has been who may come along that can provide a legitimate challenge to the champion. This topic did include Wladimir’s brother Vitali for several years as the two brothers ruled over the Heavyweight division with two iron fists. With Vitali now retired, the discussion has centered on who can provide a legitimate challenge to Wladimir.


This observer has consistently analyzed who may be considered a future opponent for Wladimir as he has continued to compile successful title defenses. Some readers may recall following Wladimir’s fifth round knockout win over top contender Kubrat Pulev last month that I stated that I only saw two realistic options for Klitschko as 2015 approaches as potential opponents. Those were to face the winner of the recent rematch between top contenders Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora, or to face the winner of the upcoming WBC championship fight between champion Bermane Stiverne and top contender Deontay Wilder. Readers may also recall statements I made following Tyson Fury’s victory over Dereck Chisora in their rematch in stating my opinion that Fury as the only fighter currently who has a mandatory title shot to challenge Klitschko, earning the number one ranking in the WBO Heavyweight ratings with his victory over Chisora should be next for Klitschko.


Although my opinion has not changed, another fighter may have emerged as a potential Klitschko opponent. Former two-division world champion Antonio Tarver. Tarver, the multi-time Light-Heavyweight champion, who went on to briefly hold a world title in the Cruiserweight division has been in the midst of a comeback as a Heavyweight.


Tarver returned to the ring in November of last year after testing positive for a banned substance following his IBO Cruiserweight title defense against Lateef Kayode in June 2012 to score a fourth round knockout of veteran Mike Sheppared. Tarver’s comeback however, was briefly put on hold as he suffered an injury to his left thumb while in training for his scheduled September bout with Heavyweight contender and Wladimir Klitschko trainer Johnathon Banks. The injury, which caused the temporary cancellation of the fight would result in it being eventually is scheduled for December 11th in Temecula, California.


The primary question that I had in my mind when the forty-six year old Tarver entered the ring to face Banks was whether ring rust would be a factor. Most would say of course that a necessity for a fighter as they begin a comeback would be for that fighter to stay as active as possible. This would be especially crucial for a fighter who is forty-six years old. Ring rust however, would not be a factor as the fight was fought at a tactical pace, which frankly at times resembled a sparring session. What did stand out was Tarver’s ability to be effective with his offense. Neither fighter threw many punches at one time for much of this fight, but Tarver was able to be more effective when he did let his hands go, particularly when he was able to counter Banks’ offense with his left hook. Tarver was also able to control the tempo of this fight.


Tarver would bring an end to the fight in round seven when he dropped Banks with a combination. Banks to his credit did get up from the knockdown, but could not fend off Tarver’s follow-up barrage which resulted in the fight being stopped by Referee Jack Reiss. Although this fight did not ultimately provide much of a test for Tarver in his first fight following a year layoff, Tarver’s timing and accuracy throughout this fight was impressive and it did serve the purpose of resuming his comeback.


It will be interesting however, to see where Tarver goes from here. Although Tarver is rated number ten in the world in the current WBA Heavyweight ratings, much of the division is in limbo as 2015 nears. It is unclear as of this writing as to who Wladimir Klitschko might face next. Although this observer believes that Klitschko should face Tyson Fury next, contenders such as Bryant Jennings, Vyacheslav Glazkov, and former WBO Heavyweight world champion Shannon Briggs might all be considered options for Klitschko.


One might argue that Tarver may enter the realm of discussion of potential Klitschko opponents per not only his stoppage win over Klitschko’s trainer Johnathon Banks, but also due to the name recognition that Tarver has. It is a possibility that Tarver could receive title shot per his name recognition value and the intriguing storyline of him trying to win a world title in the Heavyweight division at forty-six years old in attempting to surpass George Foreman as the oldest fighter in the division’s history to win a world title.


Although one should not dismiss the possibility of Tarver getting an opportunity against Klitschko at some point, this observer believes that it is of more importance that Tarver remain active while attempting to secure a fight with Klitschko. One has to remember that Tarver is forty-six years old and I believe that if he remains active and is able to fight more frequently that it will keep his name out there and if he continues to win, the idea of him facing Klitschko may become more relevant.


There are certainly fighters in the Heavyweight division who are looking to accomplish the same thing that Tarver is by looking to secure an opportunity to fight Wladimir Klitschko and would likely welcome an opportunity to face Tarver due to his name recognition value and look at a fight with him as a potential vehicle to springboard themselves into a potential title fight. Fighters such as David Price, Lucas Browne, Alexander Povetkin, and Vyacheslav Glazkov, just to name a few could each provide an interesting fight stylistically for Tarver.  If Tarver were to be successful against either of these fighters it would obviously elevate him in the Heavyweight rankings.
 

Wladimir Klitschko has for the moment fulfilled his mandatory title defense obligations in each of the sanctioning bodies, whose titles Klitschko currently holds. Some may believe that Klitschko wants to avenge his trainer’s defeat at the hands of Tarver. This observer does not think that a fight between Klitschko and Tarver will happen in the near future. If Tarver does remain active and continues to win however, and Klitschko remains at the top of the Heavyweight division it does have the makings of what would be an interesting fight. It remains to be seen if Tarver can still become a top contender.



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Thursday, December 11, 2014

What’s Next For David Lemieux?




One of the most interesting storylines that has emerged in the sport of Boxing in the last couple years has been the emergence of unified WBA/IBO Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin, who has earned a reputation as one of the sport’s premier knockout artists. As Golovkin has carved out what this observer has called a path of destruction through the Middleweight division scoring eighteen consecutive knockouts and successfully defending his world title twelve times, a question that has emerged is who may be able to give Golovkin a significant test.


This observer has stated that I believe the time has come for Golovkin to face fighters that most would consider stars in and around the Middleweight division. Although most would say that the biggest star in the Middleweight division currently would be Miguel Cotto, the current WBC world champion. A fight between Golovkin and Cotto does not appear as a fight that will take place in the near future.  Cotto appears to be nearing a fight against Saul Alvarez and Golovkin is scheduled to face former world title challenger Martin Murray on February 21, 2015.
 

With Golovkin taking on Murray and with Cotto-Alvarez seemingly on the horizon, some may wonder what may be in store for the rest of the Middleweight division. On December 6th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York top Middleweight contender and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) champion David Lemieux made his United States debut by scoring a tenth round stoppage of former world title challenger and current BKB: Big Knockout Boxing Middleweight world champion Gabriel Rosado in a fight fought under traditional Boxing rules.


Lemieux, who entered the fight with a record of 32-2, with 30 Knockouts showcased his power in this fight using a well-balanced attack to the body and head of Rosado. Although Lemieux had a clear advantage in punching power over the always “Game” Rosado, Rosado once again showed his mettle by fighting much of the fight with a severely swollen left eye. What impressed me about Lemieux in this fight along with his attack of Rosado was he showed the ability to take a punch and keep coming forward when Rosado was able to be effective periodically with his offense. Lemieux scored a knockdown of Rosado in round three and was able to maintain his consistent attack that ultimately earned him a stoppage win in the tenth round when the fight was stopped due to the swelling of Rosado’s left eye.


Even though Rosado was outgunned in this fight, he showed the heart and determination that has earned him the respect of Boxing fans and experts alike. Despite having lost four of his last five bouts fought under the traditional Boxing format, this latest loss will not likely prevent Rosado from getting potential lucrative opportunities in the Middleweight division. One should also remember that Rosado does hold a world championship in BKB and although bouts fought under BKB rules and under the BKB format are not presently considered official by official Boxing record keepers, there is definitely potential for Rosado to establish himself as one of the stars of the entity known as Big Knockout Boxing if Rosado chooses to return to BKB to defend his title.


Prior to this fight, I stated that it will be interesting to see what would be in store for the winner of this fight in a Middleweight division that is very deep where any of the top contenders could find themselves challenging for a world championship at any given time. Lemieux’s performance against Rosado was certainly one that was an attention grabber and will likely launch him into the discussion of potential challengers for Gennady Golovkin. With much of the top of the Middleweight division with fights involving world championships and uncertainty in regard to the status of International Boxing Federation’s (IBF) Middleweight world championship, the question coming out of this fight is what’s next for David Lemieux?


One option could be for Lemieux, who is currently rated in the top ten of the WBC, IBF, and WBO Middleweight ratings to wait to fight the winner of the upcoming fight in February between Gennady Golovkin and Martin Murray. With some already touting Lemieux as a potential Golovkin opponent, should Golovkin successfully retain his title over Murray, it is quite possible that Lemieux would want to wait on the results of that fight before choosing what he wants to do next.


If Lemieux however, does not want to wait on a potential shot at the winner of Golovkin-Murray, there are certainly other options that may be available to him. One such option could be to face the winner of this weekend’s vacant WBO world championship fight between top contenders Matt Korobov and Andy Lee. Although Billy Joe Saunders, who defeated Chris Eubank Jr. on November 29th is slated as the WBO’s mandatory challenger for the winner of Korobov and Lee, there have been circumstances in the past where fighters who have won vacant world titles have been allowed to make an elective title defense before facing their mandatory challenger.


Whether or not an option for an elective title defense will be available to Korbov or Lee remains to be seen. If the winner of that fight is granted the opportunity to make an elective defense however, it would not surprise me if David Lemieux were considered as an opponent. Although Lemieux made his debut in the United States against Gabriel Rosado, it is important to remember that Lemieux has been able to establish a sizable fan base in his hometown of Montreal, Canada, which has become a hotbed for the sport. What should not be overlooked are the potential economic incentives that a fight with Lemieux in Canada can bring any of the champions who may be interested in fighting him.


If a world championship fight is not in the immediate plans for David Lemieux.  If he decides to take a fight against a top contender, fighters such as Curtis Stevens, undefeated former WBO champion Peter Quillin, and former multi-time Middleweight champion Felix Sturm could all be potential options. No matter what option David Lemieux takes for his next fight one thing remains clear. 


The Middleweight division will surely remain a topic of discussion for both Boxing fans and experts alike for some time. The one thing that has also become evident is David Lemieux has officially become a player in the division. Whether or not Lemieux will become one of the division’s central figures remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to see where he goes coming off of what was an impressive victory.


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pascal-Bolonti Controversy:”Conclusive?” Not Quite!




The main storyline that emerged leading up to former WBC Light-Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal’s fight against top contender Roberto Bolonti was that if Pascal were victorious, a world championship fight against undefeated unified WBO/IBF/WBA Light-Heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev would be next for Pascal. Prior to this fight, I commented that it would be interesting to see if the potential title shot against Kovalev would influence how Pascal would fight against Bolonti and whether he would look for a knockout.


This fight did have the look on paper of an interesting clash of styles between Pascal, a fighter known for his hand speed, lateral movement, and unorthodox style against Bolonti, a fighter who entered the fight with a near 64% career knockout percentage having scored knockouts in twenty-four of his thirty-five career wins. Bolonti however, also failed in two previous attempts in stepping up his class of opposition against Tony Bellew and former WBO Light-Heavyweight world champion Juergon Braehmer. What would happen when the two fighters met on December 6th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada can be summed up in one word “Inconclusive.” Some may also say that this fight was simply over before it could really get started.


The first round of this fight was relatively uneventful as both fighters were wary of each other and each were able to have periods of effectiveness in what was the definition of a “Swing Round.”  Neither fighter stood out from the other and you could make an argument for either winning the round. It was in the second round however, where the fight would begin to open up and then take a sudden and controversial turn.


A quick jab from Pascal would drop Bolonti seconds into round two. It was a flash knockdown as Bolonti was caught off balance and was not hurt. Bolonti subsequently got up quickly and the fight continued. Pascal began to let his hands go and landed some crisp body shots on Bolonti. As the fight seemed to be heating up, it would be brought to a sudden and controversial end.


In the final minute of round two while the two fighters were in a clinch that ended up on the ropes, Referee Michael Griffin ordered the two fighters to break. Before the two fighters could be separated however, Pascal would land a short right hand to the jaw of Bolonti sending him down to the canvas and out cold. After several minutes of confusion as to whether or not Pascal should have been disqualified for hitting his opponent with a punch on the break that resulted in the fight being stopped, it was determined that it was an unintentional foul and that the fight would be ruled a no contest. Bolonti did regain consciousness, but was carried from the ring on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital. As of this writing there is no update on the medical condition of Roberto Bolonti. The obvious question here coming out of this fight, was the ruling of a no contest the appropriate call?


For his part Pascal stated after the fight that he did not hear Referee Michael Griffin’s order to break before throwing the right hand that ended the fight. It appeared however, at least in this observer’s eyes that Griffin was in the process of attempting to separate the fighters as Pascal threw and landed the punch. Although it is certainly understandable that Pascal may not have heard Griffin due to the noise of what was a packed house at the Bell Centre and thus the punch on the break being unintentional, there may be some who feel that a disqualification was warranted. This observer had the reaction that Pascal should have been disqualified. The clock indicating how much time was left in the round clearly showed that Griffin had his hands on Pascal at least a full three seconds before Pascal threw the deciding blow. 


My reaction was based on Referee Michael Griffin having his hands on the fighters attempting to separate them before Pascal threw the punch that subsequently knocked Bolonti out. Although it is understandable that Pascal may not have heard Griffin verbally call for the fighters to break from the clinch, Pascal throwing the punch after Griffin had begun the process of physically separating the fighters and had his hands on the fighters would seem to indicate that Pascal should have been disqualified. Video replays of the incident clearly confirm that Pascal threw the punch after Griffin had begun to physically separate the fighters.


There may be some who are of the opinion that although the punch from Pascal did appear to be unintentional, the end result was that one man was knocked out as a result of a foul. This differs significantly from when a fight is stopped either as a result of an accidental clash of heads where one fighter sustains a cut that prevents that fighter from continuing or a fight where one fighter suffers an injury from being tangled and put down by his opponent while in a clinch as was the case in the first fight between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson in 2011. In that fight Hopkins missed a punch and ended up off balance and leaning on the back of Dawson in the second round. Dawson lifted Hopkins up and dropped Hopkins to the canvas. Hopkins suffered an injury to his left shoulder and could not continue. Although on that night the fight was ruled to be a knockout win for Dawson, the result would later be changed to a no contest by the California State Athletic Commission. 


The question here in regard to this fight however, is whether or not Pascal should have been disqualified for landing a punch while the referee was in the process of trying to separate him and his opponent, which knocked his opponent out. Under the circumstances and having reviewed the fight several times, I believe that Jean Pascal did not hear Referee Michael Griffin’s instruction to break. I do also believe however, after reviewing the incident several times that due to Pascal throwing the punch after Referee Michael Griffin had begun to physically separate the fighters that there is likely grounds for a protest to be filed by the camp of Roberto Bolonti in what would likely be an attempt to have the result changed to a win for Bolonti.


Whether or not there will be a protest remains to be seen. In comments made after the fight to The Canadian Press head of the Quebec Boxing Commission Michel Hamelin stated that the fight was ruled a no contest due to both fighters throwing punches during the clinch and went on to state that it was Referee Michael Griffin’s decision to rule the fight a no contest and not the Quebec Boxing Commission’s decision. 


This is similar to the stance that the California State Athletic Commission took initially following Hopkins-Dawson 1 in 2011 where Referee Pat Russell initially awarded the fight to Dawson via second round knockout. It remains to be seen whether an appeal from Bolonti’s camp will be filed, but in this observer’s eyes there should be at least a video review of the incident so at the minimum there can be clarification for the fighters, their camps, Referee Michael Griffin, and the public so that any confusion can hopefully be resolved.


As for Referee Michael Griffin, although this observer believes that a disqualification of Pascal was warranted, it was a judgment call by the referee in charge and under circumstances like this I believe it underscores the importance and need for instant replay to be universally adapted when situations like this occur. Although I do not agree with the call of this fight being ruled a no contest by Griffin, it is important to remember that referees, judges, and others who are responsible for regulating the sport are human and mistakes can happen. Earlier this year, three of the sport’s major sanctioning organizations the World Boxing Council, (WBC) the World Boxing Association, (WBA) and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) announced their intention to adapt the use of instant replay to settle disputes like what happened in this fight in regard to world championship fights.


The obvious flaw however, is that it does not have any bearing on non-title fights such as this fight was and thus it will be up to each respective Athletic/Boxing commission around the world to adapt to the use of instant replay to settle disputes regardless if a world championship is at stake. There needs to be a universal standard in order to ensure that when circumstances like this emerge that there will be a conclusive outcome and that fights will not be left in a cloud of confusion. It is something that is long overdue.


The other question coming out of this fight is whether or not Jean Pascal will still face Sergey Kovalev for Kovalev’s unified world championship in March of next year. It may be true that Pascal did not lose against Roberto Bolonti, but it is also true that he did not gain a victory over Bolonti either. Although the fight between Kovalev and Pascal may indeed still happen next year, this observer believes that if Roberto Bolonti is medically cleared that the fairest thing to do would be for the sanctioning bodies to mandate an immediate rematch between Pascal and Bolonti. A title shot should only be awarded to a “Conclusive” winner.


 Whether or not the confusion that surrounds what happened in this fight will ultimately be resolved by way of protest and/or a commission review remains to be seen. In my eyes however, the appropriate course of action would be for a rematch to take place as was the case when Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson fought for a second time in 2012.  Simply put, it would be the right thing to do for all parties involved.



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Friday, December 5, 2014

A Look At Pascal-Bolonti And Lemieux-Rosado




The sport of Boxing has seen some fights throughout 2014 that have led to some intriguing potential bouts in 2015.  As the year 2014 in Boxing is winding down however, there are more bouts in the next couple of weeks that may lay the groundwork for more potential fights as 2015 approaches.  Such is the case in regard to two fights taking place on December 6th in the Light-Heavyweight and Middleweight divisions. The first of those bouts pits former Light-Heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal returns to the ring for the first time since defeating former Super-Middleweight world champion Lucian Bute in January of this year to take on top contender Roberto Bolonti at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada in a fight scheduled for ten rounds. 
 

The fight between Pascal and Bolonti, which will be televised in the United States via pay-per-view came about after Lucian Bute, who was originally scheduled to face Roberto Bolonti on this card pulled out due to an injury to his back while in training. Jean Pascal meanwhile was originally scheduled to face Super-Middleweight contender Donovan George in a Light-Heavyweight bout. This however, changed when negotiations between Pascal’s promoter Jean Bedard of Interbox and George’s management fell through leaving Pascal and Bolonti to face each other.


Another interesting twist to this fight emerged when it was announced earlier this week that if Pascal is victorious against Roberto Bolonti, he has a date to face undefeated unified WBO/IBF/WBA Light-Heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev in March of next year. This now puts Pascal in essentially the same scenario that Kovalev found himself in earlier this year when an opportunity emerged for Kovalev to face then IBF/WBA champion Bernard Hopkins in a unification fight a day prior to Kovalev’s defense of his WBO title against Blake Caparello. Kovalev subsequently took care of business against Caparello and went on to unify his title against Hopkins last month.


For the Canadian based Pascal the former WBC Light-Heavyweight world champion this could put him in position for another opportunity at a world championship. The task for Pascal before a potential fight between himself and Sergey Kovalev can take place will be to defeat Roberto Bolonti. Stylistically this fight seems to favor Pascal who uses an unorthodox style combining hand speed, power, and lateral movement to execute his offense. What has been a detriment however, for Pascal is he has had trouble in the past pacing himself and has faded in the latter stages of fights, most notably in his first fight with Bernard Hopkins.


It will be interesting to see whether the potential title shot against Sergey Kovalev will influence how Pascal (29-2-1, with 17 Knockouts) fights and whether he will be looking for a knockout in this fight. In Roberto Bolonti (35-3, with 24 Knockouts), Pascal faces a fighter who does have power registering a career knockout percentage of nearly 64%. An argument can be made however, that Bolonti, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina has not been successful when he has attempted to step up his level of opposition as he suffered two of his three losses to top contender Tony Bellew and in his last fight to former WBO world champion Juergon Braehmer, who currently holds interim/regular champion status in the WBA’s Light-Heavyweight ratings.


The key to this fight in my eyes for Bolonti is he needs to find a way to let his hands go consistently and not give Pascal openings to execute his offense, which usually comes in quick spurts. Bolonti must find a way to keep Pascal somewhat on the defensive. In his last fight in June of this year, Juergon Braehmer consistently beat Bolonti to the punch often throwing and landing punches in combination and was able to win a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision over Bolonti.


Given Pascal’s unorthodox style and quickness, it would not surprise this observer if some were expecting a similar scenario in this fight where Pascal could likely beat Bolonti to the punch and box his way to a convincing decision victory as Braehmer was able to do. Bolonti however, has never been stopped in thirty-eight professional fights and will likely be there for Pascal for how ever long the fight lasts. 


The second fight that will likely be of interest to most Boxing fans on Saturday night pits top Middleweight contender David Lemieux against former world title challenger Gabriel Rosado at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in a fight that will be televised in the United States by HBO, scheduled for twelve rounds. Lemieux (32-2, with 30 Knockouts) has been a rising contender in the talent stacked Middleweight division in recent years. Lemieux has knockout power in either hand registering a career knockout percentage of nearly 89% in his career thus far.


Lemieux however, has faced some adversity as he has climbed up the Middleweight ranks as he suffered a knockout loss at the hands of former world title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio in April 2011 and suffered another setback in losing a twelve round majority decision to Joachim Alcine later that year. Despite suffering those losses, Lemieux has shown the ability to bounce back and has won his last seven fights, winning six by knockout.

The Canadian based Lemieux, who also shares the same promoter as Jean Pascal will be fighting for the first time in the United States when he takes on the tough veteran Gabriel Rosado. Rosado (21-8, with 13 Knockouts) has twice fought for a world title giving valiant efforts against current unified WBA/IBO Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin and undefeated former WBO champion Peter Quillin. In his last fight in August of this year, Rosado defeated Bryan Vera via sixth round knockout in a bout that was fought under the format and rules of BKB: Big Knockout Boxing for the BKB Middleweight world championship.


As some readers might recall in this observer’s previous coverage of BKB cards however, due to the rules and format in which fights are fought under BKB, those fights have not been considered official by official Boxing record keepers and for the time being, BKB remains a separate form of Professional Boxing as compared to the traditional form of the sport. In Rosado’s recent fights fought under the traditional format of Professional Boxing, he gone winless in his last four fights going 0-3-1, with a no decision in his fight against J’leon Love in May of last year.


Although Rosado, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has gone winless in his previous four official fights, he has proven every time he gets in the ring that he comes to win and has always given everything he has no matter the opposition. This fight between Lemieux and Rosado has the makings of what could be an all-out war.


Even though the statistics may favor David Lemieux due to his high career knockout percentage, Gabriel Rosado will likely be more than willing to engage with Lemieux and will likely not be intimidated by Lemieux’s knockout record. Although Rosado, in contrast to Lemieux has only thirteen knockouts in his twenty-one wins he has given fighters like Gennady Golovkin and Peter Quillin stern tests and if Lemieux is underestimating Rosado, it would not shock me if what some would consider an upset were to take place.


It will be interesting to see what may be in store for the winner of this fight in what is a very deep Middleweight division where any of the top contenders could find themselves challenging for a world championship at any given time. For Lemieux, who is currently ranked in the top ten of the WBC, IBF, and WBO Middleweight ratings respectively, an impressive performance against Gabriel Rosado just may put him in line for a title shot. A victory for Rosado may put him right back in line for what would be a third attempt at a world title.


 No matter who should emerge victorious in these two fights, the results may just make the landscape of the Light-Heavyweight and Middleweight divisions even more interesting as 2015 approaches. We will see who emerges victorious on Saturday night.




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Pascal vs. Bolonti can be seen in the United States via Integrated Sports Pay-Per-View and is available on cable and satellite television providers as well as online at www.GFL.TV on Saturday December 6th at 8PM EST/5PM PST. For ordering information contact your local cable or satellite provider or visit www.GFL.TV. Check your listings internationally.

Lemieux vs. Rosado can be seen in the United States on HBO on Saturday December 6th at 10PM EST/PST. Check your listings internationally.