Alongside this week’s big domestic title fight between Lee Selby and Josh Warrington, a pair of light heavyweights will take the stage at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Adonis Stevenson (29-1, 24 KO’s) is looking to retain his WBC World light heavyweight title against the proven Badou Jack (22-1, 13 KO’s) of Sweden in what should be an exciting action-packed bout.
‘Superman’ fought just once in 2017 but made quick work of Andrzej Fonfara in their rematch that lasted only two rounds. The Canadian is known as one of the most dangerous punchers in the division, and he put a merciless beating on Fonfara that ensued to his corner throwing in the towel just 28 seconds into the second round.
Even at the ripe old age of 40, Stevenson is showing no signs of slowing down, but subpar competition has definitely played a part in his recent impressive outings.
That most likely won’t be the case this Saturday when the Canadian takes on two-weight World champion Jack, who has excelled against elite opposition.
The 34-year old Swede made an effortless switch from super middleweight to light heavyweight last August and battered Nathan Cleverly into retirement before round six.
Jack’s resume is filled with good wins and performances, but the ones that stand among British fans are bouts against George Groves and James DeGale.
The Mayweather Promotions puncher has a knack of controlling fights for twelve rounds with his precise boxing skills and defensive acumen. He can frustrate fighters with speed and accuracy, and is a sharp counterpuncher. By no means is he the second coming of ‘Money’ himself, but definitely a solid challenge for any top level fighter.
As previously mentioned, Stevenson possesses game-changing power, and can end the fight at any given moment. Jack – who was stopped inside a round by Derek Edwards and dropped early by James DeGale – has been susceptible in the past. Facing a naturally bigger, legitimate power-puncher like Stevenson promises to test his chin to its limit.
If Jack can weather the early storm, he will be confident in his ability to outbox the older man and get the decision victory. However, make no mistake, the WBC champion is lethal when on form, and don’t be surprised if he adds another stoppage win to his record Saturday night.