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MONTREAL - Ring legend Roy Jones Jr. Air Max 2020 Sale . has seen it all in boxing, so the strange events that led to his protege Jean Pascal fighting Argentine Roberto Bolonti are nothing new.Pascal (29-2-1), the former World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion from Laval, Que., will face Bolonti (35-3) in a 10-round bout on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.Both originally had other opponents, but Bolontis bout fell through when his opponent, former super-middleweight champ Lucian Bute of Montreal, pulled out with a back injury.That made Pascals scheduled fight with American Don (Da Bomb) Geroge the main event, but George reportedly held out for more money. Then, only two weeks ago, promoter InterBox dropped George and convinced Bolonti to fight Pascal.Pascal and Bolonti spent more than two months training for other opponents, only to have to switch gears and fight each other. In Jeans case, he was training for a righthander anyway, said Jones, who will be in Pascals corner along with trainer and cut man Russ Anber. But the thing with Bolonti is that he was going to fight a lefthander (Bute) and now hes got a righthander.Hes in shape and anyone who is in shape and can box can make adjustments, so he should be OK. But he has a bigger obstacle to overcome than us.Jones, the middleweight king of the 1990s who later won titles in other divisions, including heavyweight, said he was put in similar situations often.One time I fought a damned impostor, he said. I forget his name, but after I knocked him out, I found out he was not the guy I was supposed to fight. So Ive seen worse.In normal circumstances, Pascal would be in a routine bout against Geroge to keep himself busy in his first ring action since a 12-round decision over Bute in January.But the Bolonti fight took on much larger proportions this week when it was announced that he will face new light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in March, if he beats the Argentine (and if the IBF gives Kovalev an exemption from a mandatory defence against another opponent).Kovalev dominated 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins on Nov. 8 to take the WBO and IBF titles, as well as something called the WBA Super title. The belt from the other top sanctioning body, the WBC, is held by Adonis Stevenson of Montreal.Pascals challenge will be not looking past Bolonti to the bigger, better-paying Kovalev fight, which will be held in either Montreal or Quebec City.Im kind of glad it happened that way because Jeans the sort of guy who performs better with pressure on his back, said Jones. Before, Id have been worried about him fighting this guy (Bolonti) because what does he have to win? Nothing. But now hes got more pressure on him and thats what he needs.Pascal said he has enough experience to not look past Bolonti.I have a good team, so Im well prepared, the 32-year-old said. I only have Bolonti on my mind.Pascal will be the favourite against Bolonti, who has never been stopped before the limit but has lost in both of his previous forays outside Argentina — to Tony Bellew in England in 2012 and in his last bout, a 12-round decision in June to regular WBA champion Juergen Braehmer in Germany.Bolonti, a former prison guard who is on leave from a job as a court bailiff, is said to be a more defensively sound fighter than George, but otherwise has a similar attacking style.Beating Pascal, one of the most highly regarded light heavyweights, would be a coup for Bolonti, who changed his corner after the Braehmer fight. He hired Raul Paniagua, the uncle and trainer of Argentine former middleweight champ Sergio Martinez, to try to take him to the next step.When I fought Braehmer I only had a few weeks to prepare, Bolonti said through a translator. This time I had 90 days.So no matter (if his opponent changed), its easier to fight a righty than a lefty, so Im comfortable with it.The Kovalev-Hopkins bout was a major event and was closely watched in Canada, which has a handful of top fighters and prospects at light heavyweight. It also had its own intrigue that crossed the border.Stevenson was accused of ducking a scheduled bout with fellow power puncher Kovalev (26-0-1), and both the Kovalev and Hopkins camps took verbal jabs at the Montreal fighter in their pre-fight talk.Kovalevs manger Kathy Duva sounded pleased to match Kovalev with Pascal and freeze Stevenson out.Pascal had spent weeks hounding Stevenson for a showdown to no avail before the Bolonti fight was arranged. Then the Kovalev bout fell into his lap.Stevenson ended up taking a title defence Dec. 19 in Quebec City against Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky, considered a second tier opponent. But if both Pascal and Stevenson win, there is the prospect of an all-Canadian superfight between them later in 2015.Pascal, who lost the WBC title to Hopkins in 2010, watched the Kovalev bout with interest.I dont take anything away from Kovy, but I think Bernard showed his age, said Pascal. When I fought him, he was 44, but when youre in your 40s, thats a big difference. But Kovy did a great job as well.Jones agreed.I thought Kovalev did smart things, like keep Hopkins busy and make him use his legs more than usual, said Jones. He made the old man look old.But Hopkins did some decent things against Kovalev as well. Those things that Hopkins did, Jean can do better. So this would be great fight for both fighters.The undercard is thin. The co-feature has light heavyweight Schiller Hyppolite (13-1) of Montreal against Norbert Nemesapati (15-1) of Hungary. But fans can also watch a bout on the scoreboard screen live from New York between middleweight contender David Lemieux (32-2) of Montreal and Gabriel Rosado (21-8). Slip-on Sale . Smith, an eighth overall pick, had two goals in only 276 minutes of playing time over 16 appearances last season. The left side midfielder played only 43 minutes in three games this season. Air Max 120 Sale .The Toronto Raptors guard, who will represent the Eastern Conference at the All-Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday, says he doesnt complain in the face of adversity "because I know this little girl is just happy for anything. . Mika Zibanejad and Jason Spezza scored in the shootout to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over Nashville on Saturday night.There is no trophy for finishing fourth in the Premier League. Just ask Arsenal fans. However, Arsene Wenger has repeatedly told anyone willing to listen that finishing in that spot is more important than winning a cup competition. Of course, he would say that. The Gunners have not won a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup but have qualified for the Champions League for 16 years in a row. For many years, Arsenal finishing in the top four should not have been considered a success. Last March, however, Wengers men lost 2-1 at White Hart Lane to fourth-placed Tottenham and trailed their North London rivals by seven points with ten games to spare. Spurs would go on to falter, while Arsenal hit top gear, going on to maintain their qualification record for Europes elite club competition. Andre Villas-Boas team finished fifth, one point behind Arsenal for the second straight year. Over 38 matches the margin was as slim as it was painful. Tottenham became the first team in Premier League history to get to 72 points and not finish in the top four. The 1.89 points per game was their most successful season point-wise since 1967. Yet, nobody knew or cared. They had finished outside the top four, missed out on the Champions League and were about to lose their best player in Gareth Bale. Bales brilliance last season made him virtually irreplaceable. In the 17 Premier League games he scored in last season Tottenhams record was 14 wins, two draws and one loss. He was that important. However, under the guidance of new technical director Franco Baldini, Spurs had a fabulous summer in the transfer market, spending over 100 million pounds on Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Vlad Chiriches, Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen. None of those players were Bale, but Bale was winning Tottenham matches last season which regularly featured players such as Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Clint Dempsey and Benoit Assou-Ekotto. "We are stronger than the previous year, we had problems last year when we had a couple or replaced some key players, now we have quality in depth," said Villas-Boas after a win over Norwich earlier this season. Quality in depth has not led to an improvement so far. The 2013/14 season was supposed to be a season where Spurs fans wouldnt be reminded of the loss of Bale. Sixteen games into the Premier League season and the White Hart Lane faithful are still waiting to move on. If their Premier League campaign took a wrong turn in a recent 6-0 thumping at Man City, it officially went off the rails on Sunday when they were humiliated 5-0 at home to Liverpool. "This is a game all about the brilliance of Liverpool," preached the commentator at the conclusion of the match, and although Brendan Rodgers side performed very well, the harsh reality for Villas-Boas was his side were absolutely pathetic. Sure, Luis Suarez scored at least one goal, of his two, that few players in the game could have scored, Jordan Hendersons runs from deep terrorized Tottenhams makeshift back four and Paulinhos red card at 2-0 didnt help, but anyone who could make a claim that Tottenham didnt deserve to lose by five goals would be missing the point. They were outclassed in all departments by a Liverpool team who last season won just one game from 12 against the top six. It was an alarming defeat that even his admirers struggled to back him after. It was a minority group growing quieter by the week. By Monday morning, when he was sacked, few felt it was the wrong decision. You see, the 36-year-old does not endear himself to others. Publicly, this season he attacked his own fans, his own players and the media. When he said his team needed to be ashamed of themselves following the loss at Manchester City those in his camp could have said the language barrier may have been to blame for a misguided, harsh attack on his players. However, when he took on the teams supporters following a home win against Hull City there was nothing for his backers to hide behind. "This victory belongs to the players, they did it themselves, playing in a very difficult atmosphere, with almost no support coming. We have a wonderful set of fans but I am pretty sure they can do better and they know they can do better." It was the sort of quote, Jose Mourinho wouldnt have even got away with. It was a remarkable statement from a man who has had been at the club for less than 18 months, and achieved nothing as a manager in England. A win in the league cup a few days later, against Hull again, apparently, according to Villas-Boas, saw the fans get back to the level the manager demanded. However, football fans have long memories and the manager had picked on the wrong group. His next target was the media. After drawing 2-2 in the week, following the loss to Man City, he said: "the pressure this week was aggressive and agenda driven, (I am) very fortunate to have a group of players who responded in this manner to show the unity of the group." There is little doubt that some writers, and radio personalities, in England did not believe Villas-Boas is good enough to manage Tottenham. However, targeting certain individuals for things they wrote, online and in the newspaper, showed a touchy, oversensitive side from Villass-Boas at a time when he needed to stay away from the headlines. Air Jordan 22 Sale. He is not a man blessed with the charisma of Mourinho - very few are - but in his media interviews, through the directness of his answers, comes confidence and a self-assurance that would point towards not caring what others think. Yet, the current court of public opinion is England, a country, yet to be convinced by a man who Chelsea fired less than a season into the job, and easily influenced by what pundits and writers have to say. It is a battle that Villas-Boas, who was hired, for a reason, to take charge of two huge clubs in England before he turned 35, could only win by proving himself with his team. And that is where he needed to turn, to his players, to find the vindication he so clearly needed. However, the players, bankrolled by Daniel Levy, and trusted by Baldini, to deliver, so far did not perform anywhere close to the level Tottenham require and thats why Villas-Boas has lost his job. The nonsense in the media, making him bigger than the club, certainly contributed to it but ultimately he didnt get the best out of the players and the way they were humiliated at home to Liverpool is sure to send thoughts of doubt into the players mind about their manager. Once that happens, a change is necessary. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was signed to excel behind a high back line but he repeatedly made poor judgements coming off his line and has costed the team a number of goals already this season. The 6-0 loss at the Etihad embarrassed the incredibly high line their defence play with and they were able to take seven points from a possible nine following that when they sat deeper, yet they returned to that style against Liverpool and were badly exposed in that area again. It is clear Capoue and Michael Dawson have no understanding together but the fact the manager decided that approach at the start, and stuck with it throughout the game, leaves many to question his tactical acumen. Surely, Capoue, covering for many injuries at the centre back position, would have been helped by playing closer to his goalkeeper and keeping Suarez in front of him more. Further up the pitch confusion remained. Against Manchester United, Spurs started, and finished with, three central midfielders for the first time, but Paulinhos inclusion, alongside Sandro and Moussa Dembele, was merely to play off the front striker, pushing the wingers slightly deeper in a formation that could be labelled 4-4-1-1. That is how he began the match against Liverpool, but by the time Paulinho was sent off, he had gone from being the most attack-minded central midfielder to the deepest holding midfielder behind Lewis Holtby and Chadli, after Sandro left through injury and the ineffective Dembele was substituted. Paulinho is one of the clubs best players and his manager needed to decide whether he is best suited as an attacking midfielder, like he played at Corinthians, or as a defensive midfielder, sitting deeper and making occasional runs forward, like he does for Brazil. Spurs could have played a midfield three the way Liverpool did - having one holder and two runners in front of him - but that requires their wide players to perform and this season this has not been a strong point for Tottenham. In Soldado, they have signed a player who scored all of his La Liga goals last season in the penalty box. He needs service. He is certainly culpable for the clubs issues in front of goal as well, but Villas-Boas system did not get the best out of his wide players with many cutting in too often, and those staying out wide delivering far too many poor crosses. It is easy to point to the many shots on goal and the brilliant performances of David De Gea and Tim Krul, in particular, to deny them in recent matches but there is a glaring issue with their unity in attack. Too many goals have come from long-range shots, errors by their opponents or penalty kicks and too few have come from moves created by themselves. The Villas-Boas high defensive line has some strengths but the fact is he has just 22 clean sheets in 81 Premier League games as a manager. Games come thick and fast this time of year and we are less than two weeks away from the Premier League season being half over. Villas-Boas ran out of time to find a system and style of play that can get the best out of his players. On Sunday he disagreed, saying: "I do not need to convince anybody, our run in the other competitions have been magnificent, our form in the Premier League is not there but our ambition to win trophies is still the same, the ambition to qualify for the Champions League is still the same." It turned out beating up on the likes of Aston Villa, Hull (on penalties), Anzhi, Tromso and some team called Sheriff meant little at this time. A trophy for the fans would be great but at the moment many of those matches have become an inconvenience where the form simply does not translate to the league. Finishing fifth last season, and not fourth, denied Villas-Boas a real European theatre to perform, allowing him time to get over any issues he has domestically. There is no trophy for finishing fourth in the Premier League. But there is little doubt it offers a manager real security. Just ask Arsene Wenger. ' ' '

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