With only 10 short days to go before fight night, tension is starting to mount in the camps of WBC world light heavyweight champion Adrian Diaconu (25- 0-0, 15KO) and Jean Pascal (22-1-0, 15KO). Both local boxers will meet at the Montreal Bell Centre on June 19 to dispute the crown of new king of the light heavies in Canada. With Versus Network cameras rolling, the atmosphere at the arena will certainly be electric as boxing fans have been looking forward to this bout for weeks now. Since today marks Adrian’s 31st birthday, Jean Pascal had some choice words for the champion in a radio interview from his training camp facilities in Florida. “For his birthday I will give Adrian one gift and I will take one away. The first I will hand deliver to him at the press conference next week. Then, after I win the fight on June 19th, I will take away the belt that the WBC gave him as a gift when they declared him light heavyweight champion last year.”
Stephane Larouche, head trainer for InterBox, quickly retorted. “I will forward your message to Adrian personally. He will certainly find it interesting. He is in training camp in Montreal because he has all the resources he needs right here in his home city. Pascal can say what he wants, but he submitted himself to a so-called sophisticated training camp in Arizona for his bout against Froch last year and he still showed lack of energy for the last seven rounds!” adds Larouche.