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Stevenson/Jack Battle To Majority Draw

A true fight of two halves as Stevenson fades badly down the stretch

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

WBC light-heavyweight champion, Adonis Stevenson retained his title with a majority draw decision in front of his adopted home fans at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. This fight was the cities most significant fight in more than 30 years.

In a highly competitive bout, the judges scored the fight 114-114 twice and 115-113 in favour of Jack in a true fight of two halves. Although from this writers perspective, it is Badou Jack who should be your new WBC light-heavyweight champion. The unofficial IntuBoxing scorecard was 115-113 in favour of 'The Ripper'.

Stevenson clearly outpointed Jack in the early rounds. Although I gave the first round even as both men looked to feel each other out, Jack circled Stevenson clearly wary of being caught cold by the champions sledgehammer left hand. But from then on it was all Stevenson. Jack really couldn't get going in the early rounds. Stevenson began to find a home for the left, but the challenger took it well. They say styles make fights and in truth, there's did not gel. It was a lackluster bout fought at a slow pace as Jack's punch output was really stagnant.

By the sixth round Stevenson looked gassed out, and his movements looked a tad clunky. Just as he did in the Sakio Bika and Andrey Fonfara fights, Stevenson faded down the stretch and Jack took over. Jack began landing combinations which the older man could not counter, Stevenson had aged over the course of the fight. By the ninth Stevenson's nose was a mess, he had lost control of the fight as Jack outhustled the champion. Stevenson's only defense was to hold every time he could. But Jack was fresh.

In the eleventh Stevenson caught a second wind and hurt Jack with a right to the body, Jack was clearly in trouble but it was apparent the older man was unable to capitalise. Stevenson had punched himself out, he had nothing left. Jack won the twelfth by landing more work. 

For anyone crying robbery, this clearly is not so. This was a close, close fight. But one thing is clear to me, Stevenson's skills are still there, but his abilities are not. He looked every bit the 40-year old man he is in the ring last night. I wouldn't fancy him against ANY of the other champions at 175-pounds. But, I do believe that Badou Jack deserves a rematch.

“I thought I definitely won the fight,” said Jack, who drew for the fourth time in his career. “No judge had him winning. I have no idea why I can’t get a decision. It could be that they’re jealous of Floyd and don’t like him. I’m one of his top fighters. I can’t do anything about it. I’m not the judge. I have to respect their decision.

 “Maybe I started the fight too slow. I gave away those rounds. He didn’t really hit me. I can’t do anything about it, let’s do a rematch in Las Vegas. I came to his backyard, it’s time he comes out to Vegas.”

Will we see a rematch? Or will Stevenson hang up his gloves? ... Only time will tell.