Yunieski Gonzalez was about to do something crazy.
According to the Cuban boxer, he was going to make a mindboggling attempt to lose 35 pounds in a week to replace Jean Pascal and face Badou Jack on the undercard of a Showtime Pay-Per-View event, which takes place this Sunday, June 6, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
The event is headlined by the exhibition fight between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul.
A few days ago, it was announced that Pascal had failed an anti-doping test by coming up positive for three prohibited substances, which forced his removal from the rematch with Jack.
The event organizers are doing everything possible to secure a suitable replacement for Jack, who is willing to face all-comers.
Gonzalez was one of the boxers who quickly accepted the opportunity when Jack's handlers reached out.
However, his team immediately stepped in and advised the boxer to avoid the very dangerous attempt of trying to cut so much weight in such a short time span.
“It was almost a fact that I would be fighting this Sunday and, well, it was crazy, since they told me about the fight on Friday afternoon and I said yes, I was going to try, because I'm thirty-something pounds [above the limit], but the body resisted me. The team decided to put a stop to this and want me to wait for something else," Gonzalez told George Ebro.
Pascal, the WBA's "regular" light heavyweight champion, had beaten Jack in December 2019 by split decision. It was a twelve round war that saw both boxers hit the deck. A rematch was expected, but delayed for a long time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Gonzalez has a history with Pascal. He lost a close points decision to the Canadian boxer in July 2015.
González, who fought in December 2020, will continue to train in Professor Pedro Roque's gym, waiting for a new opportunity to continue his career, but always making it clear that he needs to be given more notice in order to better prepare.
"God knows why he does things, I know we do things for money, but I know it was a very big thing to lose so many pounds in a week," Gonzalez stressed. “When God said no, it was no. At least I tried. That was going to be crazy, I wasn't going to make [the limit at] 100 percent, but I assumed I would. Now I'll wait for another opportunity to comes."