Badou Jack suffers third draw of career in world title fight with Adonis Stevenson
May 19, 2018
Danny Z (117 articles)

Badou Jack suffers third draw of career in world title fight with Adonis Stevenson

By Danny Z | Contributing Writer

TORONTO — Adonis Stevenson kept his WBC light heavyweight world title for the tenth time in his career, as Badou Jack wasn’t able to do enough to sway the win his way in a fight that ended in a majority draw for both fighters.

Having the hometown in his corner, Stevenson, who’s held the WBC world title since 2014, had a higher level of activity to the body of Jack — who has been known for his body work throughout his career. Stevenson connected on 165 of his total 622 punches, according to ShowStats, in a battle of back and forth action between both athletes.

Stevenson, of Haiti by way of Quebec, Canada, took enough punishment to display signs of decreasing stamina, however, a tenth round shot to the body of Jack (22-1-3, 13 KOs) turned the tide in favor of the champion in order to give him a second wind in the bout and possibly secured the draw scorecards of 114-114 (twice) and 115-113 for Jack, even though Stevenson thought he did enough to get the 30th victory of his career.

“You know, I go to the body and I saw him a little fatigue, and he’s moving and moving,” the 40-year-old Stevenson said. “But, he’s slick, you know? I feel I won this fight. But, Badou — he’s a two-time world champion and he’s a great fighter, but I feel I won the fight.”

Showtime’s Jim Gray asked Stevenson if he felt that age played a role in this bout, but the world champion attributed the competitiveness of the matchup to the skill of Jack — who now has three draws in his career since turning professional back in 2009.

 Photo: Showtime

Besides also feeling he deserved the win and the light heavyweight world title crown, Jack focused on the silver lining of the scorecards in making the point of saying that he was the only one to have a card in his favor. In terms of a statistical standpoint, Jack, 34, landed 44 more total punches than Stevenson. However, it was the power punches’ category that seemingly kept this fight close on the scorecards as both Jack and Stevenson were only separated by ten connected power shots (Stevenson: 144 of 350 and Jack: 153 of 345).

A visibly disappointed Jack expressed his displeasure with the scores and felt the WBC world title should have been around his waist after his second fight within the 175 pound classification.

“I thought I definitely won the fight, definitely won the fight,” Jack said. “Nobody’s complaining and no judge had him [Stevenson] winning.”

Jack addressed his experience with draw outcomes and mentioned that judges possibly put him in these situations because of his promoter, Floyd Mayweather.

“I have no idea. Maybe they — it could be that they’re jealous of Floyd,” Jack stated. “You know, I’m one of Floyd’s top fighters. Maybe they don’t like Floyd; they try to — I don’t know. To be honest, I don’t know. I got to thank God for everything. I can’t do anything about it.”

As of this writing, all of the major world titles are held by different fighters within the light heavyweight division. Along with Stevenson holding the WBC, Sergey Kovalev holds the WBO; Oleksandr Gvozdyk holds the WBC; Artur Beterbiev holds the IBF; and Dmitry Bivol holds the WBA. Interesting matchups can be made as a result of the talent that has come into the fold since Andre Ward’s retirement last year, and the weight class is seemingly up for grabs in terms of one fighter potentially unifying entire division. Nevertheless, Stevenson and Jack will likely rematch before these other bouts could possibly be negotiated, and the solidified winner of this second meeting could find themselves against the other world title holders sometime next year.

“Of course I will give him [Jack] a rematch,” Stevenson responded in the post-fight. “Oh, yeah, definitely. I love it, I love it. Superman is in the building, baby.”

(Feature photo: Showtime Boxing)



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