Last Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, former super middleweight champion Badou Jack became a two-division world champion with a TKO win over Nathan Cleverly to capture the WBA "regular" light heavyweight world championship.
The fight was a one-sided wipeout, with Jack (21-1-3, 13 KOs) battering Cleverly (30-4, 16 KOs) round after round until referee Tony Weeks stepped in with 12 seconds remaining in the fifth round. It was the first fight for Jack since moving up from 168 pounds to 175 pounds.
Now Jack wants to secure the biggest fights possible in the light heavyweight division.
After the fight was over, Jack made it clear that he wants a showdown with WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs)
"I think Adonis Stevenson [is the fight I want next], let's get it on. I'll go to Canada. I'll go anywhere," Jack said. "Unless you want a trilogy with Andrzej Fonfara, let's get it on."
According to Stevenson, he is more than ready to fight Jack.
"It was a good performance. He beat Cleverly now. So now he called me out and I'm ready. I'm ready to fight and I'm ready to unify the title. For Andre Ward or him, I'm ready. It doesn't matter to me [which one]. It's great for me to unify and add another title to my collection. I want to unify the titles. This is my goal and that's what I want to do," Stevenson told Premier Boxing Champions.
There is one big problem in making that fight - both of them have pending mandatory defenses.
Stevenson was ordered to make a mandatory defense against Eleider Alvarez. That fight is expected to take place in the fall. Alvarez has been waiting for his shot at the WBC title since winning an eliminator in November of 2015.
For Jack, he was ordered to make a mandatory defense against WBA interim-champion Dmitry Bivol - and that fight could take place in the fall, as Bivol plans to fight in November.