Badou Jack celebrates his TKO victory against Nathan Cleverly. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
This Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (-140) will defend his WBC Light Heavyweight title against former two-division champion Badou Jack (+120). This fight marks Stevenson’s ninth title defense since he defeated Chad Dawson in June of 2013 to claim the title. Stevenson’s competition since becoming WBC champion, however, has left some wanting more. He has avoided the likes of Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward, despite sharing a division.
Jack has had a circuitous route to this fight but is quite impressive. After being champion at Super Middleweight, Jack relinquished his title to move up to Light Heavyweight, where he fought and defeated Nathan Cleverly on the undercard of the Conor McGregor v. Floyd Mayweather fight. Cleverly was dispatched quickly and efficiently by the Swede and he subsequently retired after the fight.
Saturday night’s fight will take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, as Stevenson will not fight outside of Canada. The question is, can Jack upset the champion and bring the Light Heavyweight title back when he leaves Canada?
Stevenson is known for his absolutely lethal left hook, which stops most of his opponents. The knock on the champ is the level of competition has hardly been top-shelf over the last few years, and most agree this fight against Jack will be his toughest in several years.