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Pascal beats Diaconu for WBC crown

Judge Maximo de Luca scored the bout 115-112, John Keane scored it 116-112 and Jack Woodburn saw it 116-111 for Pascal, who improved to 23-1…

Judge Maximo de Luca scored the bout 115-112, John Keane scored it 116-112 and Jack Woodburn saw it 116-111 for Pascal, who improved to 23-1 with 15 knockouts.

It was Pascal’s first fight since stepping up to light heavyweight. He lost a bid for the WBC super-middleweight belt to Carl Froch on December 6 in Nottingham, England.

He didn’t disappoint, downing Diaconu with a left in the fifth and unleashing another flurry after the champion rose.

Diaconu was able to withstand the onslaught and finished the round with a burst of his own.

In the 11th round, Diaconu rocked Pascal with a right to the jaw and the two fighters went toe-to-toe in an exchange that brought the crowd to its feet.

There was more action in the 12th, when a bloodied Diaconu was unable to put Pascal down.