Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Stevenson Keeps His Title With Majority Draw
By Daniel Cloutier
TORONTO — The Montrealer southpaw Adonis Stevenson (29-1-1)
had the most difficult fight since he his world champion,
Saturday evening in the ring of the Air Canada Centre in
Toronto, but he kept his WBC light heavyweight championship
of the world, because the judges scored the bout….a majority
draw. The fight was close and intense. Each fighter had
Two judges scored the fight 114-114, the third one got a
card of 115-113 in favour of Badou Jack (21-2-3). However,
because it's was a majority draw, Stevenson still WBC 175
pounds champion of the world.
The first round was close, each boxer was fighting
Stevenson became more aggressive in the second round. He
connected few solid shots to the head. Badou Jack fought
defensively in this round.
Like in the second round, Stevenson was the aggressor in the
third round. However, Badou Jack got two good
Jack was efficient in the fourth round. His hands were
extremely fast. He connected more punches than Stevenson.
Stevenson attacked furiously in the fifth and sixth rounds,
and he hurt his opponent a couple of times in the fifth. But
Badou Jack was productive in counter-attacks.
In the seventh round, Badou Jack got his best moments of the
fight. He dominated Stevenson clearly. He connected the
Montrealer with a lot of power shots.
Badou Jack maintained his intense attacks in the eighth
round. Stevenson got few good counter-attacks, but Jack was
dominating the action.
Jack put Stevenson in serious trouble in the ninth round. He
hurt Stevenson with five intense attacks.
At his turn, Stevenson attacked furiously in the 10th round,
and Jack looked in trouble in the last seconds of the round.
In the 11th round, Stevenson maintained his intense attacks,
connected a lot a power shots to the head and the body, but
Jack got two good counter-attacks in the last seconds of the
The 12th and last round was intense, the two boxers were
attacking desperately but obviously, both were extremely
“The fight was close and violent, but I think I was
deserving the win,” said Badou Jack after the bout.
“Stevenson did well in the first rounds, but I was certainly
better than him in the second half of the fight. But if
Stevenson wants a rematch, I will say yes with no
Sugar Hill, Stevenson’s trainer, said: “The fight was
extremely close, and I cannot blame the judges to score a
majority draw. I agree on the fact that a rematch is logical
in the circumstances. Adonis was tired in the 12th round,
it’s true, but he fought energetically during this fight.”
Stevenson, who is 40 years old (Badou Jack 34), looked
disappointed after the fight. “Yes, I thought I would be
declared the winner by unanimous decision, not by a majority
draw,” said the Montrealer. “But I got to admit that the
fight was close. Each of us got his great moments. However,
I believe that I was the aggressor in more rounds than my
opponent, then, few close rounds should be on my side. Badou
Jack is talking about a rematch? I will let my team decide
it, but I cannot be against this idea.”
A Clear Domination For Rivas
Just before the main event, the Montrealer Colombian Oscar
Rivas won the NABF North American heavyweight championship,
in beating Hervé Hubeaux, from Belgium, by unanimous
decision in 10 rounds. Ranked 12th contender by the WBC,
Rivas is undefeated in 24 pro bouts (24-0-0). The judges
scored the fight 100–90, 100-90 and 99-91.
In each round, Rivas was attacking energetically, but
Hubeaux was working well in conter-attacks.
But it was obvious that Rojas was connecting more shots than
his rival in most of the rounds. The judges scores are
“It’s a major win for me, no doubt about it,” said Rojas.
“This NABF title should push me in Top 10 of the WBC ratings
in the weeks to come. You know how much I want to move up in
the ratings to increase my chances to fight eventually for a
world title. Hubeaux? He is solid, he gave me a pretty good
opposition, but I was the aggressor in each round, and it
was obvious that I was connecting more power shots than him
to the head and the body. It was clear that I dominate the
action in each round. I am ready for more significant