Dealt with racism my whole life, Laval boxing champ Jean Pascal says


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“I’ve met a lot of great cops. And a lot of bad ones.”

Like most other pro athletes, Pascal and Lemieux have had to put their careers on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. Both continue to do roadwork, and both have in-house gyms, allowing them to continue training. But they have no contact with their trainers, nor are they permitted to spar.

“I’m not fighting, but I’m still training,” said Pascal, who retained his World Boxing Association title last December with a split-decision victory against Badou Jack, improving to 35-6-1 with 20 knockouts.

“Because of my experience, I don’t need to fight or spar a lot. I’m a veteran. I think I’ll be fine.”

Lemieux, who moved to the super-middleweight class, scored a split-decision win over Maksym Bursak in December, improving to 41-4 (34 KOs). Lemieux was scheduled to box in Rimouski in February, but withdrew after injuring his back while training.

“For sure, the situation sucks,” Lemieux said. “Everything’s on pause. But everyone’s in the same boat.”

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