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Badou Jack: "I Know I Have The
Weapons To Beat Adonis Stevenson"

By Daniel Cloutier

TORONTO, Ontario - The Swedish African Badou Jack sent a serious warning to the WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, the Montrealer southpaw Adonis Stevenson: “If you really believe you will knock me out May 19th, if you really believe you will have an easy game with me, you are mixing fiction and reality.”

Stevenson (29-1-0) will proceed to the ninth defence of his WBC 175 world championship May 19th in the ring of the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, in facing Badou Jack (22-1-2), a former WBC and WBA world champion.

Stevenson said: “I always try to win by KO or TKO, and it won’t be an exception May 19th. I am the most powerful and destructive puncher of the light heavyweight division, and I really believe I gonna beat Badou Jack by KO or TKO. If Derek Edwards has been able to stop Badou Jack in 2014, I will certainly do it May 19th.”

Badou Jack was laughing in hearing this comment. “Edwards really surprised me in 2014 in the ring of the Turning Stone Casino in New York State, he surprised me in the first minute of the bout when I felt a bit cold, but Stevenson, him, will be unable to surprise me,” said Badou Jack. “I will be perfectly concentrated on my work from the first to the last second of the fight this time. I know exactly how to fight to dominate the action and beat Stevenson. I have more experience than Stevenson on the international scene. I faced five world champions in my pro boxing career. My intention is to be a dominant fighter from the beginning to the end of the bout, and if i see an opportunity to hurt and knock Stevenson out, I won’t miss that chance, trust me.”

But Badou Jack insisted on the fact he is respecting the Stevenson’s power and his technique. “Stevenson still very strong physically at 39 years old, he is a dangerous puncher and he is fighting well technically,” said Badou Jack. “However, I really believe in my myself, I believe in my talent, and I know I have the weapons necessaries to dominate him and beat him. I am sure the crowd will assist to an intense and spectacular fight, and I will finish the bout in the winning corner.”

If he is insisting on the fact he is respecting Stevenson, Badou Jack really thinks that Stevenson does not respect him. “Stevenson is already talking about an eventual WBC and WBO unification titles bout with Sergey Kovalev or Eleider Alvarez,” said Badou Jack. “Then, it’s clear in his mind, I am not a dangerous opponent for him. Beat me it’s just a formality for him. We will see that May 19th….”

Alvarez (23-0-0), a Montrealer Colombian, will try do dethrone the Russian Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1) as WBO light heavyweight championship of the world August 4th at the Hard Rock hotel-casino in Atlantic City. Alvarez was happy to know that Kovalev wanted to face him, because he thinks that Adonis Stevenson is decided to avoid him. Alvarez was the Stevenson’s mandatory challenger since two years.

A fighter of 34 years old, Badou Jack is really satisfy of his preparation for this significant fight. “I am really prepared mentally, physically and strategically for this match up with Stevenson,” said Jack. “I worked so hard in training for this event. I am so determinate to become back world champion. And I cannot lose this time, because I will be 35 years old in October.”

Former WBA light heavyweight champion of the world, the New Yorker Lou Del Valle is the new Badou Jack’s trainer. “Badou trained seriously for several weeks for this fight and I am sure he will deliver a great performance May 19th,” said Del Valle. “He is very confident and his motivation his at the top. I am confident that he will be winner of this world championship bout. Badou knows that the strategy to use against Stevenson is extremely important, and we prepared a good strategy for this significant bout. Badou is so motivated to become back champion of the world, then, I am sure he will deliver a perfect performance next Saturday.”

Badou Jack said: “Lou Del Valle helped me a lot to become a better boxer. I know that I am working with a great team.”

At his last bout, Badou Jack beat the British Nathan Cleverly (30-4-0) by KO in the fifth round.


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