Adonis Stevenson, Badou Jack both promise knockouts ahead of May 19 clash
On May 19, one of the biggest fights in the history of Ontario is set to take place from the Air Canada Centre when defending WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson puts his title on the line against Badou Jack.
The two met face-to-face during a press conference from the Rec Room in Toronto on May 17, with both fighters promising a knockout.
“Don’t blink, because it’s only going to take one punch to knock him (Jack) out,” Stevenson said. “I am looking for the knockout. It’s 12 rounds and I just need one punch. Only one. That’s all I need. And as soon as it lands, I’m going to knock him out, and he will stay on the floor.”
Jack, who proved just as confident, shot back with harsh words of his own.
“I know Adonis is one of the hardest hitters in the business. I know he can give it, but can he take it?” Badou asked. “You’re going to have a new champion. I asked for this fight. He didn’t ask for it. I called him out before I even moved up to light heavyweight.”
Each of the promoters took their turn to sell their fighter, with Leonard Ellerbe and Floyd Mayweather speaking on behalf of Jack, while Yvon Michel spoke in favour of Stevenson. Local promoter Lee Baxter also took his turn to hype the fight.
“I promised you guys I would bring big fights, world title fights to Toronto and to the Air Canada Centre,” Baxter said. “This is a real 50-50 fight and there is a lot on the line for both of these fighters and a lot to lose.”
Keep it locked to FightON throughout the weekend as we bring you weigh-ins, results and aftermath from one of the biggest fights Ontario has ever seen.