Jean Pascal vs Michael Eifert Preview March 16th, 2023
Former WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal of Haiti takes on Michael Eifert of Germany in a 12-round light-heavyweight tilt this Thursday, March 16th. The IBF elimination bout from Laval, Quebec, Canada can be seen live on ESPN+ in America while fans in Canada can catch it Canal Indigo. It’s also going to be shown on Fite.tv and GYMboxe.tv around the world. Pascal last fought in May when he beat Fanlong Meng by unanimous decision after dropping him in round nine. Eifert downed Adriano Sperandio via a 10-round unanimous decision in his last outing in July to capture the vacant IBF Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight Belt.
Pascal vs Eifert Betting Odds
Here are the betting odds from online sportsbook BetOnline.ag (full review here).
- Michael Eifert +400
- Jean Pascal -600
The 40-year-old Pascal, who fights out of Quebec, Canada, retired in 2018 and then decided against it. At the time it turned out to be a wise move as he would win the WBA and WBC world titles against Badou Jack, but then failed drug tests and was stripped of the belts. He climbs into the ring with a record of 36-6-1 with 20 Ko’s and is actually a three-time champion at light heavyweight and has owned the IBO, WBC and WBA versions of the title at one time or another.
Pascal stands just under 5-feet-11-inches tall with a 72-inch reach and is strong and generally aggressive. He owns a decent amount of power in his fists but isn’t really considered to be a knockout artist though as his KO ratio currently stands at an average 45.5 per cent and has gone the distance in his last four fights with his last win by stoppage coming in 2018 when he halted Steve Bosse in the eighth round.
Pascal has a pretty good chin and speed to go along with his skills even though he was stopped by Sergey Kovalev in 2015 and again in 2016. He’s been in the ring with some fine light heavyweights and super middleweights such as Kovalev, Jack, Dmitri Bivol, Adrian Diaconu, Carl Froch, Chad Dawson, Lucian Bute, Bernard Hopkins and Eleider Alvarez. Along with losing twice to Kovalev his other four defeats came to Froch, Hopkins, Alvarez and Bivol by decisions and his lone draw was a 12-round affair with Hopkins in 2010 in their first meeting.
Pascal usually lets his hands go and pressures his opponents while displaying pretty good footwork. His knockouts usually come after he’s worn his opponent down for several rounds but he has enough power to drop anyone if he lands one square on the chin. He has plenty of experience with 333 rounds under his belt since turning pro in 2005 following a fine amateur career which ended up with him fighting in the 2004 Olympics.
The 25-year-old Eifert has boxed just 66 rounds since making his pro debut in 2018 and enters the ring with a mark of 11-1 with 4 Ko’s. He’s an inch taller than Pascal but unfortunately has an unlisted reach. Eifert’s lone career loss as a pro came at the hands of tom Dzemski by way of an eight-round majority decision in August, 2020 for the vacant IBF Youth Light-Heavyweight title. He doesn’t possess much in the way of power with a current knockout ratio of just 33.3 per cent but he has stopped two of his last three opponents.
Since turning pro Eifert has won the vacant WBO and WBC Youth Light-Heavyweight Titles as well as the IBF Youth and vacant German Belts. He’ll be taking a big step up in class this week though as his biggest wins so far have been against Istvan Zeller, Dustin Ammann, Nils Schmidt and Tom Dzemski in a rematch. Eifert has good skills and a pretty solid chin and is 15 years younger than Pascal but has faced limited opposition and this will be his first pro fight in North America.
Pascal has fought some of the best boxers of his era as a light heavyweight and super middleweight but it’s unclear how much the illegal drugs aided him in the past. Eifert has nowhere near the pro experience that Pascal has and doesn’t really have the power to stop him. He’ll need to use his boxing skills and will have to deal with all of the experienced Pascal’s tricks. If Eifert takes the initiative and lets his hands go for all 12 rounds he could pull out a win but I’m going with Pascal in this one.
Pascal is 40 years old but knows every trick in the book.
Play: Pascal -600 @ BetOnline.ag
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