Adonis Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KOs), 40-years-old, admits that he needs to be more active.
Stevenson has not fought twice in a single year since 2015 - averaging a single fight in 2016, 2017 and so far only one bout in 2018.
He retained his WBC light heavyweight title after Saturday's twelve round majority draw against Badou Jack, which took place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Neither fighter could be separated at the end, as the judges scored the fight 114-114, 115-113 to Jack and 114-114.
The fight started slow, but the action picked up the second half when Stevenson and former two-division world champion Jack (21-1-4) went toe-to-toe in a gruelling battle, which saw the referee take a good hook from the latter as he tried to temporarily separate the fighters.
Stevenson held a solid advantage in the first six rounds before the 40-year-old faded – as Jack was wearing him down and punished him down the stretch.
Some felt that Stevenson was finally showing his age, but he disagrees.
"Maybe I need to be a little more active. I started in professional boxing rather late, at the age of 29 years, so I feel well physically," Stevenon said.
"Being more active might have allowed me to be better prepared for a fight like this. We are always as good as our last fight, but I think I'd be able to adjust if there is a rematch. I might be a little more patient."
Stevenson would like to return again at the end of the year - but he may be forced to face his mandatory, WBC interim-champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
Stevenson's trainer believes the contest would have likely played out in the same manner with a longer camp.
"He could prepared for a year, and the result may not have been different," stated trainer Javan "Sugar" Hill, who has been with Stevenson for only three weeks for the fight. "It was a fight of a very high level between two good athletes."