Exclusive: Jean Pascal talks WBC Clean Boxing omission – ‘I pioneered drug testing with Floyd Mayweather!’

Jean Pascal

Will Hart

Former light-heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal has cleared up what seemed to be an error in his application to enroll in the WBC Clean Boxing Program.

The 33 year-old appeared alongside 24 other names this week on a list announced by the WBC of athletes who failed to submit the relevant paperwork in time. Pascal was subsequently dropped from the newly-released rankings on October 12 but immediately contacted WBN and the WBC to protest the decision.

Pascal is now fully co-operating with the World Boxing Council on this matter and hopes to be reinstated to the ratings once his forms have been checked and received by the Clean Boxing Program.

“I proudly consider myself one of the pioneers when it comes to drug testing,” Pascal exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Boxing is dangerous sport and testing for performance enhancing substances ensures the safety of the boxers by keeping the playing field level.

“I can assure everyone I will be enrolling in the WBC’s VADA program. My paperwork was sent last month, but apparently they had some logistic problems or a lack of communication with VADA.”

He added: “Floyd Mayweather and I were the first boxers who required blood testing in the early days.

“Even Bernard Hopkins didn’t want to take the test in my rematch with him in 2011 so say no more about that,” he joked.

The Haitian-Canadian last fought in January when losing out to Sergey Kovalev for a second time in Quebec, but was still ranked in the Top 15 by the World Boxing Council until the mistake was brought to light.