Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/19/18
Jack vs. Stevenson
Boxing: Saturday, May 19, 2018 (Bell Centre)
The Line: Stevenson -175 / Jack +125 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack fight Saturday at the Bell Centre for the WBC World Light Heavyweight Title.
Adonis Stevenson enters this fight with a 29-1 record that includes 24 knockouts. Stevenson has won his last 16 fights and is coming off a June win over Andrzej Fonfara. Stevenson still hasn’t lost since his 2010 bout with Darnell Boone and will be defending his belt for the ninth straight fight. Stevenson is a 40-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’11” and has a 77 inch reach. Stevenson still has power in both hands, as his last three fights have gone no longer than four rounds, and he’s stopped 10 of his last 12 opponents. Sakio Bika is the last fighter to take Stevenson to a decision, which was three years ago. Stevenson has a deadly left hand, and while his defense can be sloppy at times, he’s proven to have a solid chin and can take punches to the body without wearing down. Stevenson is at the top of the light heavyweight division and the only real concerns for him are his age and the fact he’s seen very little ring action over the years. Stevenson has fought most of his career in Canada, his birthplace.
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Badou Jack enters this fight with a 22-1-2 record that includes 13 knockouts. Jack has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a August win over Nathan Cleverly. Jack still hasn’t lost since his 2014 bout with Derek Edwards and will fight for the sixth straight time with a belt on the line. Jack is a 34-year-old who stands at 6’1”, has a 73 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Jack is a well balanced fighter who has a great jab and some knockout power that’s stopped three of his last 10 victories. Jack does have a bad habit of lunging forward when punching, which can leave holes in his defense, but he’s fun to watch and tough to beat when he’s comfortable and his offensive game is connecting. The issue is that Jack has left a lot of recent fights to the judges and many haven’t been clear decisions, so it’s going to be interesting to see how he does against one of the top boxers on his resume. This will be Jack’s first career fight in Canada.
Jack has had some issues in his last few fights, as he hasn’t been the aggressor at times, can be a bit passive and his power isn’t coming through like it did earlier in his career. Stevenson is getting up there in age, but you know he’s going to bring the fight to his opponent and usually always has the advantage when he can dictate the pace. Stevenson also has a four inch reach advantage as well as a clear power advantage. We’ve also seen Jack have issues adjusting to southpaws, as James DeGale and Lucian Bute both gave him issues and judges could have easily handed him a loss. And unlike both of those guys, Stevenson has overwhelming punching power and can end things with one clean shot.
Stevenson gets the victory here.