The IBF light heavyweight title remover hit the roadblock early, with reports that Joshua Buatsi’s team had been unable to refund signed contracts within the agreed time period.
The former champion, Jean Pascal, will now be ordered to face Germany’s Michael Eifert. As for Buatsi, it’s still unclear if there are plans in place or if he’s looking for his next opponent.
The now-cancelled fight appears to be somewhat over, with initial negotiations failing between the teams and a purse auction being called. DiBella Entertainment won, higher than Eddie Hearn’s Mathchroomand is said to be in talks with Frank Warren to broadcast the elimination match on BT Sport in the UK.
Rumors surrounding the IBF’s decision to quit the fight are causing a stir in reports and on social media, with the belief that the sticking point could be related to drug testing for the fight. war. As of writing, neither team has confirmed this.
Pascal has tested positive for four banned substances in 2021 and Hearn has voiced that proper testing will be required in order for him to advise his fighter to continue his ordered match.
He put the rumor on Twitter, replied to journalist Dan Rafael, who said that Pascal signed up for a VADA test for the fight.
No, he’s not Dan..no happy 24 hours
– Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) September 21, 2022
Whatever the reason, which is likely to be revealed in the coming days, the end of the fight means Pascal enters another round of negotiations for his ultimate human. At 39, the Canadian will be keen to get things moving if he wants to become a two-time world champion.
As for Buatsi, disappointment is possible. He has hit the stage with a lot of hype after an impressive amateur career, but his professional campaign, while undefeated and impressive, has yet to land him a world title. the world he is opening about the target. However, now he is free to fight, Domestic options including one with Callum Smith may begin to progress.