Toronto plays host to a beast of a light-heavyweight contest on Saturday night when currently WBC champion Adonis Stevenson makes his ninth title defence against challenger Badou Jack. The event is scheduled to take place at the Air Canada Centre and will be broadcast on Sky Sports and BoxNation.
Stevenson’s coveted green and gold will be at stake this weekend, a strap that the fighter they call Superman has adorned for the best part of five years. As a former champion of the WBC strain at 168lbs, Jack is Jack is not stranger to a title fight especially at this elite level. Victory for either athlete could compound their legacy as a top-10 ranked fighter in the sport and set the foundations for a unification showdown with WBO champ, Sergey Kovalev.
Adonis Stevenson recent form and fight record
‘Superman’ is back on our screens this weekend for his annual title defence and will be aiming to continue his menacing win streak within the light heavyweight division. In doing so, he will be sending a reminder to Kovalev and even My Bellew that he is deserving of the top ranked position in his weight class. The 40-year old doesn’t suffer challengers to his throne lightly; with a 50% KO ratio, the Haitian has put away big names including Fonfara, Williams Jr and Karpency. Stevenson hasn’t tasted defeat since 2004 against Darnell Boone, in which he was stopped early.
|03/06/17||Andrzej Fonfara||Bell Centre, Montreal||W||TKO|
|29/07/16||Thomas Williams Jr||Centre Videotron, Quebec City||W||KO|
|11/09/15||Tommy Karpency||Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto||W||TKO|
|04/04/15||Sakio Bika||Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City||W||UD|
|19/12/14||Dmitry Sukhotskiy||Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City||W||KO|
Adonis Stevenson has been nothing short of confident on his chances of emerging victorious against his Swedish opponent this weekend in Toronto: “I’ve got power and I’ve got the best left hook in boxing. I just need one shot and Jack is not going to recover. I’m going to finish him.”
Badou Jack recent form and fight record
Ripper is beginning to make a name for himself as a heavy hitter and the man to hold the keys to end Canadian-based Stevenson’s reign as top dog. The 34-year old two-time champion has scalped a stellar list of formidable fighters, which ranges from George Groves at super middleweight to Nathan Cleverly at light heavyweight. Now comfortable in the latter classification, Jack is seeking to make his mark as a pound-for-pound fighter and fast-track his way to automatic qualification for a possible upcoming World Super Series entry. Another win this weekend will cement his spot for sure.
|26/08/17||Nathan Cleverly||T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas||W||TKO|
|14/01/17||James DeGale||Barclays Center, Brooklyn||D||MD|
|30/04/16||Lucian Bute||Armory, Washington||W||DQ|
|12/09/15||George Groves||MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas||W||SD|
|24/04/15||Anthony Dirrell||UIC Pavilion, Chicago||W||MD|
Although a less devastating finisher at least on paper, Badou Jack stated his intentions for this weekend’s fight by gunning for a KO: “I’m coming there to beat Stevenson up. I’m not going to play no games – I’m always looking for the knockout.”
Our fight outcome and prediction
Given that Stevenson doesn’t make a habit of stepping inside the ring for more than once a year it’s tough to gauge whether he still has the makings of a champion. His best days may be behind him but fortunately for a heavyweight with fists of stone, the punch is always the last attribute to go. Superman carries the power to put Jack to sleep inside 12 rounds and based on his high KO rap sheet, we are not ruling out this fight ending with one or both fighter having hit the canvas.
Jack has also had his fair share of stoppages at suer middleweight although of late his wins have been gifted by the scorecards or through default. Outscoring Stevenson won’t be easy either, hence why the odds on him winning in Toronto are less than favourable.
How and where to watch the fight
Fans may have been made aware that this fight was originally scheduled to take place in Montreal, although now goes ahead in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. It’s the first occasion the venue has been used to host a world title fight. Viewers watching from home can catch all the action from 2.30am on Sky Sports Action and Main Event so make sure not to miss it.
Full Fight Card at the Air Canada Centre
Here is the full list of fights scheduled for the Stevenson vs. Jack main event:
|light heavyweight||Adonis Stevenson||vs.||Badou Jack|
|welterweight||Kane Heron||vs.||Ivan Alvarez|
|welterweight||Mikael Zewski||vs.||Diego Gonzalo Luque|
|heavyweight||Oscar Rivas||vs.||Herve Hubeaux|
|middleweight||Christian Mbilli||vs.||Marcos Jesus Cornejo|
|super welterweight||Sebastien Bouchard||vs.||Sladan Janjanin|
|middleweight||Patrice Volny||vs.||Janks Trotter|
|heavyweight||Kristian Prenga||vs.||Ricardo Humberto Ramirez|
|super lightweight||Mazlum Akdeniz||vs.||Lloyd Reyes|
|light heavyweight||Nick Fantauzzi||vs.||Stephen Clement|