Jack Claims He Almost Finished Stevenson
Badou Jack could taste the WBC light heavyweight championship, and feels if he had a little more time, he’d be wearing it out of the Air Canada Centre.
During the post fight press conference for Jack’s majority draw against Adonis Stevenson, the fighter claimed that if he had “maybe five, 10 seconds more,” the 40 year old champion would have been dropped.
“He almost walked to the wrong corner [after the 12th round],” Jack said of Stevenson during the post-fight press conference. “He was all over the place. I mean, maybe five, 10 seconds more, he would’ve been down.” with Jack (22-1-3, 13 KOs) and retained his championship for the ninth time since winning it in June 2013.
When it went to the scorecards, two judges – Italy’s Guido Cavalleri and Buffalo’s Eric Marlinski – scored the action even (114-114) and one judge, Jesse Reyes, of Plano, Texas, scored the fight for Jack, 115-113.
“I think that Badou finished like a champion,” Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jack’s promoter, said. “You go back and look, you can’t be in your own country and you’re a world champion, and you’re like this [bent over] at the end of the fight. You’re supposed to be like my guy [Jack], hands up. You know, my guy got hit with some good body shots. I was like, ‘Damn!’
“I was over there like, this is me, what I’m saying in my head, ‘F*ck!’ Hopefully everybody’s old enough. But I’m like, ‘F***! Champ, don’t do this to me. Come on, champ.’ And that’s what I’m proud of you for. You showed – you bit down and you was a true champion.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene