For 12 rounds this past weekend, Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack put on a show for the fans inside the Air Canada Centre and watching on Showtime.
In the end, the judges ruled the contest a majority draw, as Stevenson walked out of Toronto with his WBC light heavyweight title still around his waist.
The card features a split-site main event, as Gary Russell Jr. defended his belt vs. Joseph Diaz Jr. from Maryland.
Stevenson controlled the early rounds, as his record moved to 29-1-1 overall. A native of Montreal, he was excited to compete in Canada in the biggest title fight in three decades.
“I went to the body and saw that he was fatigued,” said Stevenson, who moves to 9-0-1 in world title fights. “I had to keep the pressure on him. He’s a slick fighter, a two-time world champion but I felt I won the fight.
“I used both hands. I touched him a lot with the right hand on the body and slowed him down. He tried to come and attack me. I feel like I won the fight but I’ll give him a rematch if he wants it.”
For Jack, the draw was his fourth in 26 career bouts, as he is now 21-1-4.
“I thought I definitely won the fight,” said Jack, who drew for the fourth time in his career. “No judge had him winning. I have no idea why I can’t get a decision. It could be that they’re jealous of Floyd and don’t like him. I’m one of his top fighters. I can’t do anything about it. I’m not the judge. I have to respect their decision.
“Maybe I started the fight too slow. I gave away those rounds. He didn’t really hit me. I can’t do anything about it, let’s do a rematch in Las Vegas. I came to his backyard, it’s time he comes out to Vegas.”