Monday, 27 August 2012

Pascal-Cloud officially cancelled! Cloud Vs Murat is next...

The anticipated light-heavyweight showdown between Tavoris Cloud and Jean Pascal will not take place in 2012. The fight has been on and off for a few weeks now but it has now been confirmed that it will not happen this year.

The fight was initially scheduled for August 11th but was postponed due to a hand injury suffered by Pascal. The teams and promoters were then desperately trying to make the fight happen in any of the later months of this year but too many problems arose meaning that it was almost impossible to make the fight happen in 2012. Pascal will now return in December against an opponent that is yet to be announced. Cloud will now defend his IBF world title against the mandatory challenger Karo Murat. A date for this fight hasn't been confirmed but it will most likely take place in November. The fight between Pascal and Cloud will no doubt happen, just not this year.

"We wanted to make the fight in 2012, but it was too early to do it in October and it was impossible to book the Bell Centre in November with Lucian Bute fighting and Georges St-Pierre. December was a possibility, but Murat felt the delay was too long and he knew that his outlandish requests were rejected. I do not blame him, he has been waiting for a while," said Pascal's promoter Yvon Michel.

"Cloud will simply meet his obligations as a champion. I believe that Cloud should not have any difficulties with Murat. If all goes well, we will keep the same agreement, with Cloud and Showtime, and make the fight in the spring [of 2013]."

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