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) in opposition to 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,” stated Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Leisure. “There’s a whole lot of combat left in Jean Pascal, one in all Canada’s all-time nice fighters. He’ll show that on February 9 in opposition to Michael Eifert, and safe 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 in opposition to Carl Froch and the final 11 years later in Atlanta in opposition to Badou Jack. Throughout this era, he met all one of the best gentle heavyweights of his era together with Adrian Diaconu, Chad Dawson, Bernard Hopkins, Lucian Bute, Sergey Kovalev, Dmitry Bivol and set many information 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 in opposition to Eifert.
“Jean Pascal made his debut with us just some months after the founding of GYM,” stated GYM President Yvon Michel. “Since then, now we have been concerned in 36 of his 43 fights, together with his final in Quebec in 2018. It’s with nice pleasure that we take part on this anticipated return to Quebec. In response to a survey of Quebec boxing specialists 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 might be written.”
Eifert, 24, lives in Magdeburg, Germany. Knowledgeable since 2018, he had his solely loss by majority choice in 2020 in opposition to Tom Dzemski (14-0), a loss he avenged the next 12 months whereas successful the IBF Youth and WBC Youth world titles. In his final combat, he captured the IBF Inter-Continental gentle heavyweight title in opposition to Italian Adriano Sperandio, which earned him a spot on this title eliminator in opposition to Pascal.
Pascal stated: “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 residence performing in entrance of my individuals. My followers have all the time been a serious supply of inspiration and their form phrases have helped preserve me going robust at 40 years younger.
“It’s essential for me to present you guys an amazing 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, nevertheless it’s my intention to destroy him as rapidly as attainable.
“I don’t need to combat away from residence once more and caring for enterprise on February 9 is one of the simplest ways to verify I received’t need to.”