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Adrian Diaconu could defend title against Canada’s Pascal

Romanian boxer Adrian Diaconu, the current WBC Light Heavyweight champion, could defend his title against Canada’s Jean Pascal this June in Montreal after his fight against Italy’s Silvio Branco was cancelled.

Diaconu (26 wins, 15 KOs) boxed against Canada’s David Whittom (10 wins, 8 defeats, 1 draw) on Saturday within Montreal’s Bell Centre Arena. The 8-round bout was Diaconu’s first after almost a year away from the boxing ring. Diaconu won the bout through a unanimous decision (80-72, 80-72, 79-73). Diaconu last fought in Bucharest on April 19, 2008, back when he defeated America’s Chris Henry.

However the Romanian champion’s bout against Canada’s Whittom was fairly difficult. Diaconu, already injured at his right eye and his nose, was stunned by a series of uppercuts in round 5. Jean Pascal fought for the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight title in June 2008, being defeated by Britain’s Carl Froch.

Pascal (22 wins, 1 defeat, 15 KOs) also boxed in Montreal on Saturday. Pascal defeated Argentina’s Pablo Nievas through KO in round 5. The bout was Pascal’s first following his defeat at the hands of Froch.

The Canadian is willing to climb to the Light Heavyweight category in order to attack Adrian Diaconu’s title.

WBC will also have to take a decision about Diaconu’s official challenger, having to choose whether to maintain Silvio Branco or choose someone else from the category’s top 15 boxers.

The Adrian Diaconu vs. Silvio Branco bout was scheduled for April 18 in Rome.

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