Eleider Alvarez scored a majority decision victory over Jean Pascal to retain his WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Title at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
At the end of the contest, the judges at ringside scored the bout 114-114, 117-111 and 116-112 for Alvarez.
In victory, Alvarez also kept his position as the mandatory challenger for WBC Light Heavyweight Champion, Adonis Stevenson, and the undefeated Colombian believes this win has secured him a shot at the world title.
“I’ve been waiting for two years to get a title shot,” Alvarez said, in a post-fight interview. “I took this fight [against Pascal] so I can have the title fight [versus Adonis Stevenson], and now there’s no doubt about it.”
Pascal, however, felt he did enough to claim victory and signalled his intent to seek a rematch with Alvarez.
“It was a close fight, but I felt I won the fight,” said, Pascal. “I have respect for the judge’s decision. Right now, I have to get with my team and decide what’s next for me. I want to have a rematch [with Alvarez] because it was a close fight. It’s not over until it’s over.”
In the opening round, Pascal landed a sweet right-hand counter, shaking Alvarez with less than a minute left on the clock.
Moving into round two, Alvarez exacted revenge, landing a powerful right hand, which left Pascal on shaky ground. Pascal recomposed but found himself in trouble once again in the dying moments of the round, this time from an overhand right.
Round three was, for the most part, an uneventful outing, until both men began to unload power punches in the final 30 seconds.
In the fourth, things remained much the same, with the most notable action coming when both men exchanged a number of big right hands.
In round five, Alvarez continued to outperform Pascal, landing jabs at will.
Alvarez continued to work the jab successfully in round six, with Pascal’s only success coming via a number of right hands.
Round seven saw little action, however, late in the round, Pascal was able to land a left hook that rocked Alvarez.
In round eight Pascal, perhaps sensing that he was behind on the scorecards, picked up the pace, targeting the body of Alvarez.
As round nine unfolded, Pascal was rocked by an uppercut, forcing him to tie up.
In the closing stages of the tenth round, Pascal was able to land a powerful left hook, before unloading a barrage with just seconds left in the round.
Round eleven saw Pascal absorb another mean right hand from Alvarez. Pascal again attempted to mount a late surge, but Alvarez once again retaliated with a big right hand.
In the 12th and final round, Pascal, already behind on the scorecards, couldn’t muster up enough to swing the round in his favour, let alone stop a game, Alvarez.