Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack Battle to a Draw in Toronto
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: May 20, 2018
TORONTO, CANADA - At the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KOs) battled Badou Jack (22-1-3, 13 KOs) to a majority draw. It was the ninth defense of Stevenson’s title, and in a fight where many fans thought he was defeated, he may have gained more fans and respect than he has thus far in his career.
The bout started off slow with both men feeling each other out. Stevenson was able to win rounds through sheer activity, as Jack seemed to be patiently waiting for rounds to pass to unleash his attack. After six rounds, Showtime’s unofficial ringside judge Steve Farhood had the bout scored 59-55 in favor of Stevenson. In the seventh round, Jack began to put his game plan into place by launching an onslaught on the WBC champion. Stevenson started to look every bit of his age of 40 years old during the second half of the fight as he was reduced to clinching and surviving.
In the tenth round, Stevenson found a bit of luck when he landed a body shot that seemed to hurt Jack. The WBC champion then went on a full attack in the eleventh round to see if he could take advantage of the body shot. By the end of the round, it was clear that Stevenson had exhausted all of his energy. Jack came out in the final round and put a beating on Stevenson landing almost every punch he threw. Stevenson was able to survive the round by continually clinching the Swedish native. When the final bell rang to end the bout, Jack ran to his corner in celebration while Stevenson looked relieved that the match was over.
Two of the three judges scored the bout a draw with scores of 114-114, and one judge had the bout 115-113 in favor of Jack. Stevenson landed 165 out of 622 total punches at a 27 percent connect rate. Jack landed 209 out of 549 total punches at a 38 percent connect rate.
While the fight started off slow in the first six rounds, the second half of the fight provided enough action for fans to clamor for a rematch. Over the last few years, Stevenson has been content fighting just once a year. Should a rematch between the two men take place and with Stevenson now in his 40’s, a rematch should take place sooner rather than later.
(Featured Photo: Showtime Sports)