Greg Leon, who runs Jean Pascal Promotions, is hopping mad.
Yep, not in a holiday mode, not after the Bronx-tough dealmaker saw what Adonis Stevenson had to say in a story which ran on Boxing Scene.
Stevenson called Pascal a clown, and an undercard fighter and spit at his desire for a 50-50 purse split if and when the two canadian top dogs at light heavyweight get it on. Pascal is ranked No. 1 by the WBC, which mandated that WBC champ Stevenson fight the No.1 ranked contender if and when he wins his next scrap, set for Dec. 19, versus Dmitriy Sukhotsky (22-2, with 16 Kos; bout will run on Showtime).
Stevenson got his say, and now Pascal mouthpiece Leon wants a chance to counter. Have at it, sir:
“Adonis Stevenson's title challenge against Chad Dawson was an absolute GIFT from Jean Pascal that he's never said thank you for,” Leon told me. “Jean Pascal preferred to make history in Canada rather than fight (Dawson) a guy he already defeated, who was coming off a terrible one sided stoppage loss to Andre Ward. These are just facts. Adonis Stevenson hasn't faced a quality boxer who won their last bout. Dawson and Cloud were both coming off their worst losses and Fonfara was a solid ESPN fighter until Stevenson's subpar performance turned him into the next Al Haymon client.
“Not that anyone has ever accused Adonis Stevenson of being smart, but in trying to diminish Jean Pascal he admits to ducking what he views an undercard fighter,” Leon told me. “If Pascal is an undercard fighter, Dmitry Sukhotsky is a walk-out bout caliber fighter. If Adonis understood the business of boxing even a little bit, he would understand that Jean Pascal has a deal in place that is exponentially better than his. Pascal's deal with Interbox gives him more financial protection than any other boxer in the world not named Mayweather, Alvarez or Klitschko has.
“In 2014 Stevenson flat out ducked Kovalev, Hopkins and Jean Pascal. He turned down multiple career high paydays and Pascal would have been the biggest payday of them all, in favor of Sukhotsky. Need I say more? Al Haymon should give a quick tug to the string that controls Adonis Stevenson's mouth and shut him up, because the more he talks the dumber he sounds.”
Dang, this Leon can crack a little bit, LOL….
“He also overlooks the fact that he turned down 60% of all the revenue to make the fight happen on December 6. One side says 70-30, the other one says 50-50. When you want to make a deal you find the middle ground. 40-60 was the middle ground and after already ducking Kovalev and Hopkins, Adonis once again showed his true colors and put the final nail into his cowardly coffin.”
OK, that is a knockdown combo of word-smithery, Leon. “Cowardly coffin?” Total LOL…
“I've said it before and I'll say it again, in his two fights with Hopkins and the Bute fight, Jean Pascal has sold more tickets and generated more revenue than Adonis has in his entire career. Pascal has been in three of highest grossing fights ever in Canada and Stevenson was not involved in the other two. 22,000 fans in attendance for the Bute fight is more than Adonis has in his title challenge and three subsequent defenses combined.
“Hey Adonis, you know what I've never seen before? A fighter of the year using all of that momentum to become universally recognized as the biggest coward in boxing the very next year. I've also never seen a 37 year old with just one seven figure purse under his belt talk so much nonsense about money.
“Please allow me to leave you with one more interesting fact. After his humiliating loss to Darnell Boone this boxing brain signed a multi-year deal with Groupe Yvon Michel, the only company that showed ANY interest in him, for 40 cents on the dollar.”
“I can't be the only person who only hears quacking sounds whenever Adonis speaks. Can I?”
What, no happy holidays wish? Oh right, we do Thanksgiving over there…If there was, would Leon have resisted the urge to make a crack about carving up a duck, instead of a turkey?
Readers, what say you? Read that Boxing Scene piece, ponder the Leon/Pascal take, and then toss in your two, nay, three cents.
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