Report/Photo by Dave Spencer
Originally contracted at 180 pounds, former world champion Jean Pascal had handlers scurrying at today’s weigh-in in Montreal. When Pascal hit the scales with chains, hat and Burberry boxers, his final weight was 181.4 pounds, but the former light-heavyweight champ had already had the contract amended and moved upwards to 182 pounds. “It was an open contract we signed and he (Kuziemski) was advised it might be plus one or minus one,” trainer Marc Ramsay told FightNews. “The real limit we agreed to was 183 verbally and it is something normal in boxing.”
“He could have made the weight,” promoter Yvon Michel told FightNews, “He phoned me this morning and told me he was a pound and half over and asked if it was a problem. I called the other manager and we agreed to change the contract to 182.”
Neither Michel or Ramsay had any concerns about Pascal not being able to make the light-heavyweight limit of 175 pounds as he moves forward for another championship opportunity. “175 is still very easy,” said Ramsay, when we do a title fight we know in advance and drop our weight, but we don’t want to do it for a non-title fight.”
Kuziemski and his team accepted the offer of an ammended contract with purse incentives that help save Pascal money if he would have been forced to forfeit 20% of his purse by coming in heavy.