Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul Undercard Loses a Fight as Jean Pascal Tests Positive for Banned Substances

Published 05/29/2021, 3:20 AM EDT


One of the biggest criticisms of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul exhibition bout is the lack of ‘Real Boxing’ on show. The idea of a YouTuber facing one of the best fighters in history has not gone down well. And the latest news regarding Jean Pascal will not do the event any favors.

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Jean Pascal was preparing to defend his secondary belt against Badou Jack in a high-profile rematch. The organizers even scheduled the bout as the co-main. However, as Pascal tested positive for three different banned substances, his opponent, Jack, now needs a new foe.

Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Badou Jack (red trunks) fights Blake McKernan (white trunks) during a light heavyweight boxing bout at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Scarnici/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Dan Rafael from Fight Freaks Unite was the first one to break the news. He reported that the Voluntary Anti Doping Association randomly tested Pascal on May 14 and May 17 for his upcoming bout. The results showed the Canadian tested positive for Drostanolone, Drostanolone metabolite, and Epitrenbolone.

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Mayweather promotions’ Leonard Ellerbe was the one who confirmed this to Rafael. Pascal can still opt to have his B samples tested. However, it is unlikely they will show different results. Thus, pure boxing fans will now miss out on arguably the most exciting pure boxing fight on the card.

Who will Badou Jack face instead of Jean Pascal?

Jack and Pascal fought in an exhilarating bout in 2019. Both fighters knocked each other down, and ultimately, the fight went to the judges’ scorecards where the Canadian took home a close split decision. Thus, the rematch was supposed to settle the score. However, as that it is off, who will Badou Jack face next?

 ‘The Ripper’ took to his Twitter to confirm he is still on the card. “My fight with (Jean Pascal) is OFF as he tested positive for 3 different steroids. We suspected he was dirty the first time around and (VADA) confirmed it this time. I’m still fighting on June 6th and my team is looking for a replacement opponent,” wrote Jack.

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Even Ellerbe confirmed they would try to find a replacement rather than take Jack off the card. He told Rafael, “I’m looking for an opponent now, we’re actively looking.” 

Therefore, we may still see ‘The Ripper’ on the card. However, the short-notice replacement bout may not be as exciting as the previously booked one.

What do you make of this news? Do you think Badou Jack should be on the card?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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