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Adonis Stevenson to defend 175-pound title vs. Badou Jack on May 19 in Canada

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The highly anticipated light heavyweight title showdown between Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack finally has a date.

The 175-pound fight for the lineal championship is set for May 19 in the champion’s home country, Canada, sources with knowledge of the deal told RingTV.com. The bout is set to be formally announced Tuesday at a Showtime event in New York, and be paired with Keith Thurman’s return in a split-site telecast on the network.

Stevenson, 40, has faced heavy criticism for his level of opposition since he wrested the title away with a one-punch, first-round knockout of Chad Dawson in 2013.

Other than Tony Bellew and Andrzej Fonfara, who were solid, if unspectacular opponents, Stevenson (29-1, 24 knockouts) has feasted on journeymen and past-their-prime fighters. Not the case with Jack, who was impressive in his 175-pound debut in August with a five-round shellacking of Nathan Cleverly.

Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs) clearly carried his power up in weight, and looks even stronger at light heavyweight, which might be the best division in boxing right now.

The 34-year-old Las Vegas resident will have his hands full if he’s to become a two-division champion. Stevenson might be advanced in age, but he moves exceptionally well for a big man, is fast, and is one of the sport’s biggest punchers.

His accurate left hand decimated Fonfara in just two rounds during their June rematch, and only one of his wins since 2007 (Sakio Bika) have come via decision.

Stevenson-Jack shapes up as one of the best matchups that can be made in boxing, and a chance at vindication for Stevenson against a worthy challenger.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • ceylon mooney

    i saw jack –
    degale and jacks debut at 175 but not much else. does he have a good chance of winning?

    • Nicholas Linnear

      I think he has a fair shot at winning. Stevenson hasn’t fought a real challenge in years just easy marks one after the other. Who knows what he has left?

    • Stephen M

      Jack is pretty good. We haven’t seen Adonis Stevenson in against anyone decent I’m a long time. His best opponent was probably Bellew. I think Jack is better than Bellew.

    • D. Gambino

      Jack has a REAL good change at winning this one. In my eyes, Stevenson has not progressed in skill. He seems to be the same fighter as he was when he stopped Dawson for the belt. Conversely, I feel Jack has gotten better. He’s been more active and has fought better fighters than Stevenson.

      Jack has shown in the past that he has a really good chin but he hasn’t been hit by a guy with power like Stevenson. I still feel his chin will hold up and feel we will see a new champ. Jack wins by late stoppage due to Stevenson gassing out.

  • De’Ron Wright

    BOUT DAMN TIME!!! I’m hoping Jack finally does away with the bum of a champion.

  • Stephen M

    Alvarez is fighting TBA. And apparently is guaranteed a championship fight before the end of the year.

  • ozzy

    VADA will have their work cut out out-foxing these two juice monsters!

  • KillaBlu

    Sweet. I get to watch Jack remove the belt from this paper champ on my birthday

    • Ewan Leaper

      Truly hope you’re right but my gut says Stevenson even though he looks about 60 in the above picture. Jack finds a way to get involved in a fight rather than sticking to his boxing and he’s had some tough outings so I think that plays into Stevenson’s hands, he hits a whole lot harder than Degale or Groves too. Age, quality of opposition and inactivity are great arguments for Jack having an advantage but he’s got more miles on the clock in boxing terms and that can catch up at exactly the wrong time.

      I can’t stand Stevenson and I admire Jack but I can’t shake the feeling I’m going to be disappointed here. Jack is good enough that Stevenson could retire on a high note and waltz off without the whupping he so richly deserves.

  • Joey Junger

    A couple of things working in Stevenson’s favor: Power is the last thing to go, and even though he’s advanced in years, he still is a monster puncher. Secondly, Badou Jack has a history of getting ripped off when the scorecards are read. I figure if Stevenson is vertical when the fight ends, he’ll get a draw at least. Canada is as bad as Texas when it comes to home-cooked decisions. And I don’t know if Jack can KO Stevenson, so I smell something fishy in the works.

    • Hoshang Merza

      really, how so? i know texas is bad but i dont think ive seen much corruption in canada

  • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

    Adonis the Big Bad Pimp Daddy will pimp slap Badou Jacques send him for a ride on The Ho Train!

    • Turner Wednesday

      Can somebody translate this please?

      • David Telfer

        He believes Stevenson will win.

      • Cousin Strawberry ( Cheech)

        😂😂

      • Cousin Strawberry ( Cheech)

        Lmfao. Yeah sometimes jive talk is hard to understand.

      • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

        You no speak the English? Deportivo time!

    • wrecksracer

      As a former Detroit resident, I back all things Kronk. Even a fighter like Stevenson. I like Jack, but the pimp has my support. Did I actually just say that?

  • Tony Nightstick

    Not an easy fight to call.

  • Bar Kokhba

    I really like Jack’s chances here. Stevenson will be the favorite, and he should be — but Jack seems to improve more with each fight, and Stevenson’s only getting older. Add in the fact that Stevenson’s hardly been facing a murderer’s row of opponents the past few years, while Jack has been consistently fighting the best in his division(s) (his record since 2015: Dirrell, Groves, Bute, DeGale, Cleverly – and he beat them all, regardless of the scorecards), and Bute definitely has the better momentum. Really looking forward to this match.

  • Cousin Strawberry ( Cheech)

    Something tells me Chickenson will retain the belt. Jack gets screwed over on the cards and the fight is in Canada. Imo Jack will need to KO that clown to win.

  • Floridastorm

    Jack is a master technician who’s the most skilled fighter that Adonis will have fought. Dawson was just a shell of his former self when he fought Adonis. Jack also has power which comes from his accurate punching technique. I think that Jack is going to frustrate Adonis when Adonis finds out that he can’t hurt Jack. Adonis is also easy to hit. I actually pick Jack to KO Adonis late in the fight.

  • Cashtime

    Really like Badou because he’s humble and all but “You Don’t Tug On Supermans Cape”, you just don’t.

  • Filc Eldnar

    Adonis Chickenson isn’t even one of the top five 175-pounders.