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Jean Pascal returns to the ring for redemption.
Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KO) is far from being officially back. He has a Dec. 14 tune-up against Aleksy Kuziemski and a rematch with Chad Dawson on March 23 for the WBC world title, according to ESPN and Ring Magazine, respectively.
Even with all that in consideration, Pascal's determination is what kept his fights with Hopkins and Froch very close and what allowed him to upset a less-hungry Dawson the first time.
If Pascal is still as hungry as he was the first time he beat Dawson, he can come out on top in the rematch. If so, then Ward has a perfect opponent to close out the year against.
Pascal's matches with Hopkins both occurred in Montreal, Canada due to the sold out 16,000-seat arenas such as the Pepsi Coliseum and Bell Centre. The rematch with Dawson will also occur in Canada for this very reason.
With Ward moving up in weight, facing a not only a fighter, but a resurgent world champion and former pound-for-pound warrior in Jean Pascal in his hometown, there may actually be a question as to whether he can win.
Every fight Ward's in lately, the result seems to be a foregone conclusion to the media and fans. Pascal presents a challenge that could at least cause some speculation as to how effective Ward can be in the least unfavorable of conditions.
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