Toronto Set For Biggest Boxing Match in Years
Toronto’s Biggest Fight in Years
The Air Canada Centre right in the heart of downtown Toronto will host the biggest boxing match to come to Canada in years. In recent years, Toronto has hosted the UFC and many of their biggest stars such as Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Georges St. Pierre, Demetrious Johnson among many others. Toronto has not hosted many largely relevant, big time boxing matches in recent years and many will say that this is the biggest boxing match Toronto has hosted in over 30 years when Aaron Pryor defended his 140-pound title against Toronto native Nicky Furlano.
BADOU JACK HITS CANADA FOR TORONTO’S MOST SIGNIFICANT WORLD TITLE FIGHT IN MORE THAN 30 YEARS
Jack Challenges WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson This Saturday Live On SHOWTIME® From Air Canada Centre
“I’m younger, I’m stronger, I’m faster. I’m the better guy.” – Badou Jack
Floyd Is In Town
The last time we saw Floyd “Money” Mayweather in Toronto he was swapping verbal jabs with Conor McGregor at a press conference prior to their fight last year. Mayweather Promotions is promoting Stevenson-Jack and is it confirmed that Floyd is in town for the presser and fight on Saturday night.
Jack Feeling At Home
TORONTO (May 16, 2018) – Former two-division world champion Badou Jack explored Toronto and Maple Leaf Square at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday just three days before he challenges light heavyweight king Adonis Stevenson in what will be the city’s most significant world title fight in more 30 years.
Jack will attempt to dethrone WBC 175-pound champion Stevenson this Saturday live on SHOWTIME from Air Canada Centre in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
“To have my fight here in Toronto, and for it to be the biggest fight in the city in 30 years is amazing,” Jack said. “I will become the new WBC Light Heavyweight Champion in his own country, in his backyard.”
Stevenson Is The Countryman
Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs), who has resided in Montreal since he was five-years-old, has fought just once in Toronto. The southpaw defended his WBC belt via knockout of Tommy Karpency at Ricoh Coliseum in 2015 in a fight that he was heavily favored to win.
Most experts see Stevenson vs. Jack as much closer, perhaps even a 50-50 fight.
Jack (21-1-3, 13 KOs) is a former 168-pound and 175-pound champion who relinquished his light heavyweight title for the chance to challenge the longest reigning champion in the division, and the second-longest reigning champ in boxing.
“It’s become more of a reality now that I’m here in Toronto,” Jack said. “Now it’s just the countdown to fight night. My focus is making weight and becoming the new world champion. Nothing else matters. The trash talk, the critics, they don’t affect me at all.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel, Lee Baxter Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale now and available at www.ticketmaster.ca.
*All information and photos courtesy of Mayweather Promotion Media.