Pascal defenats Diaconu to keep 175-pound title
Jean Pascal overcame an apparent shoulder injury to defeat
Adrian Diaconu for the second time by unanimous decision on Friday
night, keeping his WBC light heavyweight title at the Bell
Pascal beat Diaconu by unanimous decision on June 19 to capture
the title, and won this one in a landslide. Judge Richard Flaherty
scored it 118-110, while judges Julie Lederman and Claude Paquette
each scored the fight 117-111.
The 30-year-old Diaconu was fighting for the first time since
losing to Pascal, while the champion was coming off a knockout win
over Silvio Branco in September.
Pascal was busy with combinations, but Diaconu managed to score
consistently with his jab. As the fight wore on, it appeared the
27-year-old Pascal was trying to save his energy for a final flurry
that might sway the judges.
After fighting to a draw through four rounds, Pascal appeared to
lock his right shoulder and aggravate an injury that has plagued
him recently. The shoulder seemed to lock up again toward the end
of the 10th round, and Pascal even appeared to ask referee Michael
Griffin for time before he was saved by the bell.
In his corner between the 10th and 11th rounds, Pascal’s trainer
worked on the shoulder and it appeared to pop into place. He
finished the 11th with another vicious combination, and his flashy
style stood in contrast to the jabbing, plodding offense of