DiBella Leisure, Groupe Yvon Michel and Jean Pascal Promotions, in affiliation with Blanko Sports activities and SES Sports activities Occasions GmbH, will current “NO LIMIT” at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada, on February 9, 2023, headlined by Quebecer and two-time world champion Jean Pascal (36-6-1, 20 KOs) towards Germany’s Michael Eifert (11-1, 4 KOs) within the Worldwide Boxing Federation (IBF) world title eliminator to find out the necessary challenger for IBF Gentle Heavyweight World Champion Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs).
“5 years in the past, most individuals in boxing wrote Jean Pascal off. Since then, his solely loss was to Dmitry Bivol and he’s crushed Ahmed Elbiali, Marcus Browne, Badou Jack and Fanlong Meng as an underdog,” mentioned Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Leisure. “There’s loads of combat left in Jean Pascal, considered one of Canada’s all-time nice fighters. He’ll show that on February 9 towards Michael Eifert, and safe yet one more title shot in his illustrious profession.”
Pascal is an Athens Olympian in 2004. He was WBC gentle heavyweight champion from 2009 to 2011, in addition to WBA champion from 2019-2020. He has had 12 world title fights, the primary in 2008 in England towards Carl Froch and the final 11 years later in Atlanta towards Badou Jack. Throughout this era, he met all one of the best gentle heavyweights of his technology together with Adrian Diaconu, Chad Dawson, Bernard Hopkins, Lucian Bute, Sergey Kovalev, Dmitry Bivol and set many data for ticket gross sales and pay-per-view, with Lucian Bute on the Bell Heart in 2014 the place greater than 21,000 spectators attended the occasion. In his most up-to-date combat final Might in Florida, he edged undefeated IBF #1 contender Fanlong Meng (17-0) to set the stage for the championship eliminator towards Eifert.
“Jean Pascal made his debut with us only a few months after the founding of GYM,” mentioned GYM President Yvon Michel. “Since then, we have now been concerned in 36 of his 43 fights, together with his final in Quebec in 2018. It’s with nice delight that we take part on this anticipated return to Quebec. In response to a survey of Quebec boxing consultants and amateurs, Champ Pascal has been chosen as the best Quebec boxer of the twenty first century. On February 9, one other web page in its historical past can be written.”
Eifert, 24, lives in Magdeburg, Germany. An expert since 2018, he had his solely loss by majority resolution in 2020 towards Tom Dzemski (14-0), a loss he avenged the next yr whereas successful the IBF Youth and WBC Youth world titles. In his final combat, he captured the IBF Inter-Continental gentle heavyweight title towards Italian Adriano Sperandio, which earned him a spot on this title eliminator towards Pascal.
Pascal mentioned: “Main props to Lou DiBella, Yvon Michel and Greg Leon for making this occur. It’s been a very long time coming, however I’m lastly the place I need to be, again dwelling performing in entrance of my folks. My followers have all the time been a significant supply of inspiration and their type phrases have helped hold me going sturdy at 40 years younger.
“It’s crucial for me to offer you guys an awesome present and, on February 9, that’s precisely what I’m going to do. Michael Eifert is an efficient, stable fighter and the ultimate impediment on my street again to the championship. I respect him like all my opponents, however it’s my intention to destroy him as shortly as doable.
“I don’t need to combat away from dwelling once more and taking good care of enterprise on February 9 is one of the simplest ways to verify I received’t need to.”