By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Promoter Yvon Michel called it one of the most courageous efforts he had seen in boxing. Sitting next to Jean Pascal who had both shoulders taped and slung up as beneath his robe, still in discomfort from the evenings proceedings “It was a tough fight, Adrian gave me a good fight; he’s a tough boxer and a tough fighter and a big puncher, but I’m a champion and I wanted to finish as a champion that’s why I gave it my all.” Pascal’s corner was forced to pop the fighter’s right shoulder back into place a total of three times, operating like an F-1 pit crew getting all the mechanics into place before he hit the canvas at break-neck speed.
Pascal did admit to thinking about calling it a night, particularly after the tenth round where the fighter was in obvious pain as the bell rung. “I thought about it but I said ‘No way,’ my fans are there for me so I have to be there for them, so I said ‘Let’s go Jean, just go do it.”
Said trainer Marc Ramsay, “You prepare for everything when you prepare for a fight, A, B, C, and D, but you never really prepare for that. I think he showed great character tonight, this something I already know but maybe something he discovered a bit more.”
Asked what Pascal discovered about himself, the champion answered, “I think I showed guts tonight, I knew it, but now I really know it. It was a tough fight and I think I showed I’m a strong fighter and I know that anything can happen in the ring. I have to be alert and I have to be prepared. Boxing is a tough sport and you have to be ready for anything.”
It was the second victory for Pascal versus Diaconu, but despite the shoulder, Pascal won by a wider margin on the scorecards. “I don’t know if it was easier, but it was a tough fight. The first fight was tough, but this one was very tough because of the shoulder, but if it wasn’t for that, I can’t really tell right now.”