Mayweather on Stevenson-Jack: ‘The matchup is a 50-50’

Adonis Stevenson will make the ninth defense of his WBC light heavyweight title against Badou Jack on Saturday night from Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

These two fighters have not lost in a long time. Stevenson has not lost a fight since 2010, while Jack has not tasted defeat since 2014, but that may change come Saturday night.

Floyd Mayweather, who is promoting the fight and has Jack signed to Mayweather Promotions, believes Stevenson-Jack will be a very close fight:

“Badou is not just a great champion inside the ring, he’s a great champion outside the ring,” Mayweather said at a press conference today. “Everything that Badou Jack has got in the sport of boxing he has earned by going out there, working hard and being the best that he can be.

“Adonis Stevenson is a tough competitor. He’s a heavy hitter and one of the faces in the sport of boxing that you don’t always see. He’s behind the scenes, but he always makes a lot of noise.

“The matchup is a 50-50. Anything can happen in the sport of boxing. All it takes is one shot. One thing we do know about Badou Jack is he can give it, and he can take it. He’s not going to back down from any opponent.

“Adonis has always been a solid fighter. Adonis is world champion for a reason, and Badou isn’t overlooking this guy. Stevenson is in his position for a reason.

Stevenson vs. Jack is part of a split-site SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast beginning at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT with featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. defending his title against No. 1 ranked contender Joseph Diaz from the MGM National Harbor in Maryland. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING coverage then shifts to Canada at approximately 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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