We go over what happened in the Jean Pascal vs. Badou Jack fight, part of the Premier Boxing Champions event that took place last Saturday at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Pascal (35-6-1, 20 KOs) survived a late scare and was able to win a controversial split decision over Jack (22-3-3, 13 KOs), a two-division champion in what was described as an exciting fight, retaining his WBA and WBC silver light heavyweight titles.
The bout had terrific back-and-forth exchanges. Jack dropped Pascal in the 12th round and could have finish him off but Pascal proved to be durable and was able to fight his heart out until the end.
“I won this fight. It was a close fight,” Pascal said after the fight. “Badou's a great fighter, but nobody can say it was a robbery. It was a close fight, it was a split decision. But I definitely won that fight because I'm the champ.”
Pascal once again stressed to Jim Gray that he deserved to win.
“I think I was in control the whole fight,” he added. “I kept control of the middle of the ring most of the time. Badou Jack is a great fighter, but I won the fight.”
Jack didn't agree with Pascal, as expected, but he didn't complain. “I don't know, I felt I won the fight,” he said. “But this is my brother, Pascal, he's got a great chin. Maybe he was the better man tonight. I don't know. I thought I was winning, but maybe I'm wrong. I would love a rematch.”
This is what Jack said when asked about wanting a rematch: “Any time.”
Jack was favored at most sportsbooks this time. Pascal was available at between +217 and +230 on the moneyline at the top online sportsbooks. What would the line be in a potential rematch? Can Jack finally overcome Pascal?