Adonis Stevenson vs Badou Jack heading to Toronto
Although Adonis Stevenson vs Badou Jack was announced as part of Showtime’s stacked spring schedule back in January, bar the fight taking place on May 19th in Canada, no confirmation about the location was made.
With the fight still to be formally announced, many remained skeptical if the pair would face off for Stevenson’s light heavyweight title. However, after months of discussions, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon that the pair will meet in three weeks at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
While Stevenson and Jack was originally penciled in to serve as a split-site doubleheader with the return of Keith Thurman, with news breaking that the welterweight titleholder has withdrawn from his contest, the co-main event will now be featherweight world titlist Gary Russell Jr. defending his belt against mandatory challenger Joseph Diaz Jr. at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Adonis Stevenson vs Badou Jack – WBC light heavyweight title
Along with their being some considerable confusion over where a fight between Stevenson and Jack would take place, longtime mandatory challenger Eleider Alvarez also threw another spanner in the works.
Despite earning his position as Stevenson’s mandatory back in 2015, Alvarez is yet to be rewarded with his shot and made it clear he wanted a financial settlement if he was to step aside, along with being guaranteed the next shot at the WBC title, regardless of who has the belt.
However, while discussions between both sides were taking place, Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) was offered the chance to face off against WBO 175Ibs titleholder Sergey Kovalev on HBO in July or August.
With Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs) wrapping up his mandatory obligations, the 40-year-old can now fully focus on defending his 175Ibs title for a ninth time on May 19th.
The longest reigning titleholder in the light heavyweight division and now ranked #2 in the RING Magazine’s standings, Stevenson’s title reign began way back in 2013 when he blew away Chad Dawson in the first round.
Since then, while he has made eight successful defenses of his green and gold belt, knocking six out, the southpaw has been heavily criticised for his choice of opposition.
More than aware that this will be his toughest test to date, it was originally announced by Stevenson’s co-promoter Yvon Michel that the bout would be heading to the Bell Centre in Stevenson’s hometown of Montreal, somewhere the champion has most recently appeared.
Never the less, with the fight now heading for Toronto, Stevenson has insisted that the location will make no difference to the result and the two-weight world champion believes he will be leaving the Air Canada Centre with a knockout victory.
“I’m looking forward to winning this fight by knockout, I’m from the Kronk Gym and we always look for the knockout.”
“I’m fighting him at home in Canada, so I’m looking to give the fans a good show. I’ve got power and I’ve got the best left hook in boxing. I’ve got 12 rounds and I just need to touch you once to end it. It’s not complicated. I don’t need three or four shots. I just need one shot and you’re not going to recover. I’m going to finish you.”
As for the challenger come May 19th, Badou Jack (21-1-3, 13 KOs) is arguably still a fighter adjusting to life in the light heavyweight division. Coming off the back of his highly-exciting draw with James DeGale in a Fight of the Year contender in 2017, Jack immediately stepped up to 175Ibs and knocked out Nathan Cleverly back in August to win the WBA light heavyweight crown.
Despite being crowned as a two-weight world champion, Jack and his promoter, Floyd Mayweather decided to vacate the WBA title so they could search for more lucrative options. The 34-year-old now certainly has that.
Making just his second appearance at 175Ibs, Jack has made it no secret that he and Mayweather Promotions have spent some time chasing a fight with the WBC titleholder. While the Sweden native has been quick to praise Stevenson, Jack is in no doubt that he will become a three-time world champion next month.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to fight for my third world title against one of the division’s best, Adonis Stevenson,” said Jack. “I’ve been asking for this fight for a long time and was willing to fight him anywhere, including his backyard. I know he’s good and very dangerous and that’s the reason I want to fight him. I’m all about the best fighting the best and come May 19, I’m bringing the WBC belt back to Las Vegas.”